The Salary Range for a Computer Programmer


A computer programmer writes, tests and modifies code in software programs and applications. The salary range is wide for this career, based on industry and experience. Ten percent of programmers made at or below $43,640 per year as of May 2013, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 10 percent of earners made at or above $123,490 per year.

Programmer Salary Details

  • The median salary for all programmers as of May 2013 was $76,140 per year, according to the BLS. Among the most prominent career fields, software publishing paid the most, with an average salary of $98,980. Computer systems design was the largest employment sector. Programmers in this area averaged $81,560 per year. Employment services programmers earned $82,490. Washington was the highest paying state, with average annual salaries of $111,320. New Mexico was second at $96,190.

Background Requirements

  • Typical programmers need a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related degree. An associate degree is acceptable in some positions. Certifications in specific programming languages increases your value to employers.

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