These Are The 10 States With The Highest Senior Software Engineer Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do senior software engineers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for senior software engineers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for senior software engineers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for senior software engineers after this adjustment? That would be Software Developers, Applications.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Washington
  2. Texas
  3. Georgia
  4. Virginia
  5. Mississippi
  6. Missouri
  7. North Carolina
  8. Illinois
  9. Utah
  10. Alabama

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for senior software engineers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $120710, so our index value would be:

$120,710 * (100 / 135.9) = $88,822

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for senior software engineers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Senior Software Engineer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Washington $123,041 $129,440 105.2
2 Texas $115,667 $104,910 90.7
3 Georgia $111,291 $101,720 91.4
4 Virginia $109,156 $110,030 100.8
5 Mississippi $106,612 $91,580 85.9
6 Missouri $105,907 $95,740 90.4
7 North Carolina $104,685 $98,300 93.9
8 Illinois $103,520 $97,930 94.6
9 Utah $102,354 $95,190 93.0
10 Alabama $102,346 $93,340 91.2
11 Colorado $101,772 $105,640 103.8
12 Arkansas $99,758 $86,890 87.1
13 Nevada $99,332 $102,610 103.3
14 Ohio $99,275 $93,120 93.8
15 Delaware $98,905 $100,290 101.4
16 Michigan $98,000 $87,220 89.0
17 Oklahoma $97,230 $86,730 89.2
18 Nebraska $95,076 $87,090 91.6
19 Kansas $94,927 $85,340 89.9
20 West Virginia $94,743 $88,490 93.4
21 Arizona $94,540 $92,650 98.0
22 Iowa $94,450 $85,950 91.0
23 Tennessee $94,340 $84,340 89.4
24 Pennsylvania $93,885 $95,200 101.4
25 Minnesota $91,944 $92,680 100.8
26 Indiana $91,854 $82,210 89.5
27 Idaho $91,064 $83,870 92.1
28 Alaska $90,861 $119,120 131.1
29 Florida $89,827 $88,300 98.3
30 New Mexico $89,388 $86,260 96.5
31 California $88,822 $120,710 135.9
32 New Hampshire $87,829 $102,760 117.0
33 Kentucky $87,646 $79,320 90.5
34 South Carolina $86,774 $86,080 99.2
35 New York $86,351 $113,120 131.0
36 Oregon $86,219 $99,670 115.6
37 Wisconsin $85,785 $83,040 96.8
38 New Jersey $83,223 $101,450 121.9
39 Massachusetts $82,766 $110,410 133.4
40 Maryland $82,533 $103,580 125.5
41 North Dakota $80,301 $79,820 99.4
42 Connecticut $78,794 $100,620 127.7
43 Louisiana $78,059 $74,000 94.8
44 Vermont $77,208 $93,500 121.1
45 Maine $77,111 $85,440 110.8
46 Rhode Island $76,478 $92,310 120.7
47 South Dakota $75,438 $78,230 103.7
48 Montana $75,009 $75,610 100.8
49 Wyoming $74,869 $68,730 91.8
50 Hawaii $50,952 $85,550 167.9