How Much Do Computer Programmers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Computer Programmers

Computer Programmers create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$95640 per year
Hourly wage
$46 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$51,440 to $67,370 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$25 to $32 per hour

Entry-level Computer Programmers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $51,440 to $67,370 per year or $25 to $32 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Computer Programmers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $70 $146,050
Senior (Top 25%) $56 $116,220
Middle (Mid 50%) $43 $89,190
Junior (Bottom 25%) $32 $67,370
No experience (Bottom 10%) $25 $51,440

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WA $85 $177,210
DC $57 $119,010
CA $52 $107,300
VA $50 $103,150
TX $49 $102,650
MA $49 $102,170
IL $48 $100,320
NC $47 $97,200
MD $46 $95,320
VT $45 $93,760

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Computer Programmer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Computer Programmers are in the states of WA, DC, CA, VA and TX.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Software Publishers $129410 $62.21
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets $123280 $59.27
Other Personal Services $119160 $57.29
Other Information Services $117840 $56.66
Spectator Sports $117160 $56.33
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services $116090 $55.81
Scientific Research and Development Services $108850 $52.33
Oil and Gas Extraction $107920 $51.88
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $106780 $51.33
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $106180 $51.05
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $105350 $50.65
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $105220 $50.59
Home Health Care Services $104920 $50.44
Employment Services $104230 $50.11
Grantmaking and Giving Services $103790 $49.90
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $103350 $49.69
Investigation and Security Services $103320 $49.67
Office Administrative Services $102590 $49.32
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $102350 $49.21
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $101720 $48.91
Rental and Leasing Services $101600 $48.85
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing $100400 $48.27
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers $98850 $47.52
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $98820 $47.51
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $98690 $47.45
Chemical Manufacturing $98500 $47.36
Motion Picture and Video Industries $97840 $47.04
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $97810 $47.02
Support Activities for Mining $97710 $46.98
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $97590 $46.92

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