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Computer Programmers

Other names for this job might include .NET Developer, Analyst Programmer, Application Programer Analyst, Application Programmer Analyst, Applications Developer, Applications Programmer, Beta Tester, Bioinformatics Specialist, Business Programmer, Business Systems Analyst

  • $85180
  • 70%
    Job satisfaction
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How Much Do Computer Programmers Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Computer Programmers make.

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Average salary

Annual salary
$85180 per year
Hourly wage
$40.950 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Computer Programmers make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Computer Programmers is $85180. Their salary can also be as low as $45570 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $130360 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $40.950 and can range from $21.910 to $62.670 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Computer Programmer will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Computer Programmers make with other careers, they have a salary rank of A.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$62.670$130360
Senior (Top 25%)$49.850$103690
Middle (Mid 50%)$38.390$79840
Junior (Bottom 25%)$29.380$61100
No experience (Bottom 10%)$21.910$45570

Entry-level Computer Programmers who starts out at $61100 can expect to make $79840 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $21.910 per hour while the top 10% makes over $62.670 per hour.

While the median wage is $79840 per annum or $38.390 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage52.57109350
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank51.88107910
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities50.53105110
Software Publishers48.86101640
Publishing Industries (except Internet)48.13100110
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction47.1998160
Support Activities for Mining46.5296750
Other Personal Services46.3796450
Other Financial Investment Activities46.396300
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing45.9195490
Other Pipeline Transportation45.7895230
Beverage Manufacturing45.7895220
Pipeline Transportation45.1293850
Personal and Laundry Services45.0193620
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles44.9993580
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing44.8393240
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing44.792980
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing44.6892940
Postal Service (federal government)44.592560
Federal government, including the US Postal Service44.592560
Natural Gas Distribution44.3192170
Utility System Construction4491520
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)43.7290930
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned43.7290930
Travel Agencies43.5190500
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas43.4890440
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences43.4790410
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation43.3690180
Motion Picture and Video Industries43.1889820
Scientific Research and Development Services43.1889820
Waste Management and Remediation Services43.189640
Waste Treatment and Disposal43.189640
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds43.0689560
Consumer Goods Rental42.6988790
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries42.5488470
Offices of Physicians42.4788330
Rental and Leasing Services42.2387830
Employment Services42.1287620
Oil and Gas Extraction41.8987140
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers41.8387000
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction41.7186760
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing41.6886700
Engineering Services41.6486610
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing41.6286580
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation41.5386380
Cable and Other Subscription Programming41.4486200
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)41.4286160
Finance and Insurance41.3385960
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing41.2185710
Depository Credit Intermediation41.0985460
Nondepository Credit Intermediation40.9885240
Water Transportation40.9485150
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations40.8684990
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services40.7884820
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services40.7684770
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing40.7484750
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing40.7484740
Administrative and Support Services40.7484740
Broadcasting (except Internet)40.7284700
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing40.684440
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing40.5784390
Air Transportation40.5684360
Scheduled Air Transportation40.5584350
Rail Transportation40.5284290
Other Building Equipment Contractors40.4884210
Other Support Services40.4584130
All industries, private ownership only40.2583730
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing40.2583730
Home Health Care Services40.2483700
Office Administrative Services40.283620
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities40.1883580
Support Activities for Air Transportation40.1783550
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors40.1583520
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned40.0783350
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing40.0383260
Chemical Manufacturing40.0183220
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities39.9783140
Computer Systems Design and Related Services39.9583100
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing39.9283040
Paper Manufacturing39.9283030
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services39.8782920
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing39.7782730
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers39.7682700
All industries39.7582690
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers39.782570
Other Information Services39.6982560
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution39.6882530
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)39.6282410
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned39.3481830
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers39.3381810
Educational Support Services, Privately owned39.2581640
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing39.2481610
Basic Chemical Manufacturing39.1981520
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers39.1881490
Other Insurance Related Activities39.1481420
Ambulatory Health Care Services39.1481420
Lessors of Real Estate39.0881280
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing39.0381180
Hospitals, State government owned38.9581020
Radio and Television Broadcasting38.9480980
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services38.9280960
Clothing Stores38.8780850
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services38.8480790
Management of Companies and Enterprises38.8180720
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing38.880710
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)38.7480570
Legal Services38.7180510
Activities Related to Real Estate38.6880460
Apparel Manufacturing38.6880450
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing38.6780440
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media38.6480370
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers38.6380350
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing38.5580190
Real Estate38.5380150
Insurance Carriers38.4980060
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities38.4679990
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations38.4679990
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing38.4579980
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities38.3779820
Wholesale Trade38.2779610
Transportation and Warehousing38.2479530
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services38.2279500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)38.1879420
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods38.1779390
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations38.1679370
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing38.1479320
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers38.1179270
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance38.179260
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers38.0579140
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers38.0579140
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers37.9378890
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned37.8978800
Grantmaking and Giving Services37.8878800
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)37.8878790
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services37.8378700
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing37.8378690
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services37.8278670
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing37.8278660
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)37.878620
Sound Recording Industries37.7978600
Investigation and Security Services37.7678550
Direct Selling Establishments37.7578530
Security Systems Services37.7378490
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation37.7378470
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses37.7178450
Nonstore Retailers37.7178430
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing37.6178220
Hospitals, Privately owned37.5978190
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services37.5878170
Communications Equipment Manufacturing37.5578110
Spectator Sports37.5378070
Radio Broadcasting37.4877950
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers37.4177820
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods37.4177820
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions37.3877760
Hardware Manufacturing37.3177600
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing37.377580
Outpatient Care Centers37.2977550
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing37.2377440
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers37.1677290
Retail Trade37.1577270
Other Food Manufacturing37.177170
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors37.0677080
Social Advocacy Organizations37.0176980
Nonresidential Building Construction36.9576870
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned36.9576860
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries36.9476830
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services36.976750
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills36.976740
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)36.8176560
Wired Telecommunications Carriers36.876540
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters36.876540
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers36.6476220
Construction of Buildings36.6476210
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing36.6376180
Dairy Product Manufacturing36.5876090
Other Telecommunications36.5676050
Truck Transportation36.5175940
General Freight Trucking36.5175940
Specialized Freight Trucking36.575910
Specialty Trade Contractors36.3975700
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages36.3875670
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers36.2975480
Building Equipment Contractors36.2675410
Animal Slaughtering and Processing36.275300
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned36.1675200
Repair and Maintenance36.1475170
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance36.1375160
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing36.1375140
Miscellaneous Manufacturing36.175090
Facilities Support Services36.0675000
Plastics Product Manufacturing36.0574980
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers36.0474970
Hospitals, Local government owned36.0174890
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing35.9774820
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers35.8374520
Food Manufacturing35.8274500
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers35.8174480
Support Activities for Transportation35.7974430
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)35.7374320
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation35.7374320
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing35.7174270
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing35.6274080
Testing Laboratories35.674050
Photographic Services35.4973820
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors35.4773770
Casino Hotels35.4673760
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers35.4273670
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories35.4173640
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers35.3373490
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers35.2573320
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals35.1773160
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned35.1573100
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)35.1473090
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities35.1173040
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing35.0972980
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers35.0272840
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services34.9672720
Rubber Product Manufacturing34.8772540
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers34.872380
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services34.7972370
Machinery Manufacturing34.7372240
Business Support Services34.7272220
Educational Services, Privately owned34.5571870
Household Appliance Manufacturing34.5471850
Warehousing and Storage34.3371400
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events34.3271390
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing34.2771270
Performing Arts Companies34.2371190
Primary Metal Manufacturing34.2271180
Electronics and Appliance Stores34.1971110
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers34.1871080
Local government, including schools and hospitals34.1471010
Individual and Family Services34.0770870
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers33.9770660
Fabric Mills33.9170520
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing33.8670420
Newspaper Publishers33.8670420
Freight Transportation Arrangement33.7170120
Accommodation and Food Services33.6770040
Traveler Accommodation33.6770040
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing33.6169910
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities33.5669800
Gambling Industries33.5569780
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries33.5469760
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing33.569670
Automobile Dealers33.4969660
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing33.3569370
Specialized Design Services33.3169280
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned33.369260
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing33.2169080
Printing and Related Support Activities33.1368910
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing33.1368900
Food and Beverage Stores33.168840
Federal, State, and Local Government33.0468730
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service33.0468730
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned33.0368700
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service32.9668550
Health and Personal Care Stores32.8868380
Social Assistance32.8468300
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)32.868220
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities32.7368080
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing32.6867970
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing32.6667930
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing32.6367870
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)32.5667720
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers32.4867570
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing32.4567500
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries32.4167420
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)32.467400
Ship and Boat Building32.3767330
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing32.3767330
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned32.3367250
Other Textile Product Mills32.3167210
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores32.2967160
State government, including schools and hospitals32.2667090
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing32.1966950
Telephone Call Centers32.1766910
Educational Services, State government owned32.1766900
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned32.0966740
Mining (except Oil and Gas)31.9266400
Grocery Stores31.8166170
Textile Product Mills31.866140
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers31.7265970
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned31.6965920
Machine Shops31.665740
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals31.5365590
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing31.4665430
Educational Services, Local government owned31.4465390
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)31.3265150
Textile Mills31.2565010
Wood Product Manufacturing31.1864860
Textile Furnishings Mills31.1664820
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing31.1664820
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores31.1464770
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned31.1164700
Religious Organizations31.0964670
Home Furnishings Stores30.9964450
Forging and Stamping30.864050
Educational Support Services, Local government owned30.7563960
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing30.6163660
Couriers and Messengers30.363030
Junior colleges, Local government owned30.0962590
Couriers and Express Delivery Services30.0262440
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores30.0262430
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)29.5861520
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)29.5361420
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing29.4261190
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing29.3861120
Animal Food Manufacturing29.3461030
Other Wood Product Manufacturing29.2860900
Vocational Rehabilitation Services29.1860700
Junior colleges, State government owned28.0158260
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing27.757610
Civic and Social Organizations26.8455830
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills26.6855490
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing26.354710

Not all industries pay the same for Computer Programmers.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A Computer Programmer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WA doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at WA may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Computer Programmers are in the states of WA, NM, AK, MA and DC. The average salary in WA is $119040.

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Rank: B+
Salary: $99530

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Rank: A
Salary: $82280

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Rank: B+
Salary: $85520

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Rank: A
Salary: $87320

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