FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become A Computer Programmer

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Computer Programmer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Programmer Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Computer Programmer

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

Most programmers learn a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, testing programs, fixing errors, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.

To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they use.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in computer programming by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Advancement

Programmers who have general business experience may become computer systems analysts. With experience, some programmers may become software developers. They may also be promoted to managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on computer systems analysts, software developers, and computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code.

Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for long periods.

Detail oriented. Computer programmers must closely examine the code they write because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.

Troubleshooting skills. An important part of a programmer’s job is to check the code for errors and fix any they find.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Computer Programmer?

Send To A Friend

Computer Programmer Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Computer Programmer Career Paths

Computer Programmer
Programmer Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Quality Assurance Analyst Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
Show More
Share

Do you work as a Computer Programmer?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Staff Programmer 4.7 years
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Programmer 3.5 years
Lead Programmer 3.2 years
Programmer 2.5 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Computer Programmer
Programmer 9.6%
Internship 4.4%
Developer 3.3%
Cashier 3.0%
Consultant 2.8%
Top Careers After Computer Programmer
Consultant 6.5%
Programmer 5.1%
Owner 3.9%
Manager 3.1%

Do you work as a Computer Programmer?

Computer Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

63.1%

Female

27.7%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Asian

11.4%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

4.4%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.5%

French

5.9%

Chinese

5.9%

Mandarin

5.3%

Arabic

4.7%

German

4.1%

Portuguese

3.6%

Russian

3.0%

Vietnamese

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Italian

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Persian

1.8%

Hindi

1.2%

Armenian

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%
Show More

Computer Programmer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.6%

University of Maryland - University College

8.3%

University of Houston

6.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.9%

Brigham Young University

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

Strayer University

5.1%

George Washington University

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

3.9%

University of Florida

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.4%

Boston University

3.4%

Johns Hopkins University

3.4%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.2%

University of Central Florida

3.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.2%
Show More
Majors

Computer Science

33.5%

Business

11.2%

Computer Programming

8.9%

Computer Information Systems

8.1%

Information Technology

5.9%

Computer Engineering

4.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Mathematics

3.3%

Accounting

3.2%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Information Systems

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Management

1.9%

Education

1.4%

Nursing

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.4%

Psychology

1.2%

Computer Networking

1.1%

Project Management

1.1%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Masters

19.8%

Other

17.9%

Associate

12.6%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.1%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary
Average Yearly Salary
$69,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$52,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Computer Merchant
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Computer Programmer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Computer Programmer in the United States is $69,976 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $93,000.

Real Computer Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Programmer Righit Solutions LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 16, 2018 $135,491
Computer Programmer (Automation) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 25, 2016 $108,430
Computer Programmer (Data) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 10, 2014 $105,200
Computer Programmer Navitas Business Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 17, 2014 $100,000
Computer Programmer (UAT Lead) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 28, 2014 $100,000
Computer Programmer JCG Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 16, 2014 $100,000
Computer Programmer ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 18, 2016 $99,000
Computer Programmer ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 19, 2015 $97,000
Computer Programmers Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 08, 2011 $95,306
Computer Programmers Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 04, 2011 $95,306
Computer Programmers Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2011 $95,306
Computer Programmers Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 24, 2011 $95,306
Computer Programmers Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 27, 2011 $95,306
Computer Programmers Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 16, 2011 $95,306
Computer Programmer (Database) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 25, 2016 $94,016
Computer Programmer (Database) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 27, 2015 $94,016
Computer Programmer (Database) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 28, 2015 $94,016
Computer Programmer (UAT Coordinator) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2012 $90,000
Computer Programmer Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2015 $89,669
Computer Programmer (Data Analyst) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2012 $85,000
Computer Programmer (UAT Coordinator) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2012 $85,000
Computer Programmer Indotronix International Corporation Ashburn, VA Mar 09, 2018 $83,480
Computer Programmer Indotronix International Corporation Ashburn, VA Mar 10, 2018 $83,480
Computer Programmer Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Aug 18, 2011 $82,014
Computer Programmer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 15, 2018 $81,640
Computer Programmers Infobiz Systems LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 25, 2017 $81,370
Computer Programmer Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 21, 2013 $79,000
Computer Programmer Lodestar Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 12, 2018 $72,000
Computer Programmer Delasoft, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 17, 2013 $72,000
Computer Programmer SRI Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 20, 2010 $70,200
Computer Programmer Consulting Professionals, LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 10, 2009 $70,013
Computer Programmer It Newton Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 20, 2016 $70,000
Computer Programmer Amiti Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2017 $70,000
Computer Programmer Avenues International Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 15, 2015 $70,000
Computer Programmer Avenues Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 01, 2015 $70,000
Computer Programmer Concept Software & Services, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 31, 2011 $68,723 -
$82,000
Computer Programmer Onward Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 15, 2011 $68,723
Computer Programmer Navitas Business Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 02, 2014 $68,000
Computer Programmer JCG Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 29, 2012 $68,000 -
$75,000
Computer Programmer Mercury Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2017 $67,056
Computer Programmer SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2017 $67,000
Computer Programmer Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 09, 2017 $66,518
Computer Programmer Infobiz Systems LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 08, 2016 $66,518
Computer Programmer Delasoft, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 03, 2013 $66,000
Computer Programmer Kourage, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 06, 2014 $63,440
Computer Programmer Tekivy Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2015 $63,000
Computer Programmer Tekivy Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2015 $62,500
Computer Programmer Tekivy Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2015 $62,000
Computer Programmer Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 23, 2013 $62,000
Computer Programmer Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 16, 2015 $61,000
Computer Programmer Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 31, 2016 $61,000
Computer Programmer E-Train Erp Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2016 $61,000
Computer Programmer E-Train Erp Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 09, 2016 $61,000
Computer Programmer Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 25, 2016 $61,000
Computer Programmer Ak Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 05, 2016 $61,000
Computer Programmer Navitas Business Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2015 $60,000
Computer Programmer Navitas Business Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2015 $60,000
Computer Programmer Tekivy Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2015 $60,000
Computer Programmer SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2015 $60,000
Computer Programmer Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA May 12, 2015 $60,000
Computer Programmer Navitas Business Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 10, 2014 $60,000
Computer Programmer Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 26, 2014 $60,000
Computer Programmers SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2014 $60,000
Computer Programmer Navitas Business Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2013 $60,000
Computer Programmer Navitas Business Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2013 $60,000
Computer Programmer Cyberbest Technology, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 01, 2011 $60,000
Computer Programmer Concept Software & Services, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 03, 2011 $60,000
Computer Programmer Cloudray, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 13, 2011 $60,000
Computer Programmer Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 26, 2012 $60,000
Computer Programmer Reverb Networks, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 01, 2010 $60,000
Computer Programmer Concept Software & Services, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2010 $60,000
Computer Programmer AMKO Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 27, 2009 $60,000
Computer Programmer AMKO Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 23, 2009 $60,000
Computer Programmer Iservices Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 15, 2013 $59,480 -
$60,523
Computer Programmer Apollo Consulting Services Corporation Ashburn, VA Sep 28, 2009 $58,436 -
$62,610
Computer Programmer E-Train Erp Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 23, 2013 $58,000
Computer Programmer E-Train Erp Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 26, 2013 $57,000
Computer Programmer Finsoft Consultants Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 04, 2010 $57,000
Computer Programmer Iknowvate Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2009 $56,750
Computer Programmer Master Labs Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 04, 2009 $56,700 -
$60,000
Computer Programmer Na Consulting, LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2015 $55,120 -
$60,000
Computer Programmer Brightidea, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2014 $55,120
Computer Programmer Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 13, 2014 $55,000
Computer Programmer Sun Global Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $55,000
Computer Programmer (Business Analyst) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 28, 2012 $55,000
Computer Programmer Spurgetech LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 01, 2009 $54,680
Computer Programmer Navitas Business Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $54,600
Computer Programmer Navitas Business Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 05, 2015 $54,360
Computer Programmer Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 04, 2014 $54,330
Computer Programmer Viewsoft, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2011 $54,080
Computer Programmer Cloudray, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2011 $54,080
Computer Programmers Corporate America Business Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 25, 2011 $54,080
Computer Programmer Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 28, 2013 $53,747
Computer Programmer Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 18, 2008 $51,376
Computer Programmer Data Informatix Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 05, 2008 $51,376
Computer Programmer Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 13, 2008 $51,376

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Computer Programmer?

Have you worked as a Computer Programmer? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Computer Programmer.

Top Skills for A Computer Programmer

  1. Database
  2. SQL
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and maintained emergency response database applications.
  • Participated in creating and maintaining a database using SQL Server Management Studio.
  • Perform compatibility test of web application against different operating systems.
  • Supported the maintenance of proprietary software that translated network messages across multiple platforms with PACLAN, COBOL case tool.
  • Designed, Developed and maintained company databases using the Basic programming language.

How Would You Rate Working As a Computer Programmer?

Are you working as a Computer Programmer? Help us rate Computer Programmer as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Computer Programmers

  1. Washington
  2. North Carolina
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Alaska
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Connecticut
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Georgia
  9. Maine
  10. California
  • (236 jobs)
  • (217 jobs)
  • (300 jobs)
  • (22 jobs)
  • (34 jobs)
  • (94 jobs)
  • (69 jobs)
  • (233 jobs)
  • (16 jobs)
  • (1,027 jobs)

Top Computer Programmer Employers

Jobs From Top Computer Programmer Employers

Computer Programmer Videos

Day in the Life: Software Engineer

What is a Computer Programmer?

Occupational Video - Computer Programmer

Related to your recently viewed content