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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Programmer Salary

$79,786 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$38.36 hourly

Entry level Salary
$61,000 yearly
$61,000
10 %
$79,786
Median
$103,000
90 %

How much does a Programmer make?

Programmers make $79,786 per year on average, or $38.36 per hour, in the United States. Programmers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $61,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $103,000.

Location impacts how much a programmer can expect to make. Programmers make the most in Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, California, and Idaho.

Highest Paying States For Programmers

The darker areas on the map show where programmers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Programmer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Washington$107,868$51.862,250
2Oregon$96,120$46.211,010
3Idaho$88,447$42.52348
4Minnesota$82,267$39.551,214
5California$88,800$42.697,529
6North Dakota$90,422$43.47138
7Arizona$79,373$38.161,124
8Utah$77,228$37.13722
9Vermont$76,055$36.56202
10Pennsylvania$75,683$36.391,994
11Montana$76,786$36.92247
12West Virginia$79,639$38.29210
13Maine$76,730$36.89215
14Nevada$82,279$39.56257
15North Carolina$75,111$36.111,780
16District of Columbia$78,906$37.94618
17Illinois$75,323$36.212,377
18Maryland$75,965$36.522,029
19Georgia$76,065$36.571,738
20Virginia$75,576$36.332,891
21Connecticut$75,673$36.38660
22Massachusetts$75,425$36.262,170
23New York$75,799$36.442,152
24Indiana$70,957$34.111,223
25Rhode Island$70,853$34.06284
26Alaska$75,338$36.22138
27Texas$71,779$34.513,772
28Wisconsin$72,738$34.97774
29Mississippi$72,956$35.08196
30Iowa$71,153$34.21540
31South Dakota$71,168$34.22135
32New Hampshire$71,792$34.52283
33Michigan$70,138$33.721,263
34Delaware$69,678$33.50356
35Alabama$69,759$33.54663
36Ohio$69,751$33.531,438
37South Carolina$72,013$34.62377
38New Jersey$70,408$33.851,564
39Wyoming$66,384$31.92129
40Colorado$69,878$33.601,175
41Tennessee$69,414$33.37692
42Louisiana$71,322$34.29381
43Kentucky$68,711$33.03501
44Arkansas$68,050$32.72387
45Nebraska$68,183$32.78353
46Kansas$66,857$32.14505
47Missouri$68,812$33.08843
48New Mexico$68,020$32.70247
49Oklahoma$68,624$32.99285
50Florida$65,547$31.512,722
51Hawaii$55,808$26.83134

Highest Paying Cities For Programmers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Bothell, WA$107,942$51.90
2San Francisco, CA$93,641$45.02
3Minneapolis, MN$82,341$39.59
4Phoenix, AZ$79,550$38.25
5Washington, DC$78,946$37.95
6Baltimore, MD$76,077$36.58
7Atlanta, GA$75,942$36.51
8Philadelphia, PA$75,886$36.48
9New York, NY$75,786$36.44
10Hoffman Estates, IL$75,705$36.40
11Middletown, CT$75,692$36.39
12Boston, MA$75,365$36.23
13Durham, NC$75,337$36.22
14Sterling, VA$74,803$35.96
15Houston, TX$72,815$35.01

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Bothell, WA
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Minneapolis, MN
  4. Phoenix, AZ
  5. Washington, DC

Programmer Salary Details

Programmer Salary

What is a Programmer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$103,000$8,583$50
75th Percentile$91,000$7,583$44
Average$79,786$6,649$38
25th Percentile$69,000$5,750$33
10th Percentile$61,000$5,083$29

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Web Application Developer$87,650$7,304$42.14229,802
Applications Developer$92,312$7,693$44.38279,877
Software Design Engineer$102,314$8,526$49.19315,080
Software Developer$94,431$7,869$45.40294,329
Software Engineer$95,642$7,970$45.98339,938
Developer$96,068$8,006$46.19262,570

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Bank of America Jobs (55)
  2. AT&T Jobs (72)
  3. Accenture Jobs (79)
  4. IBM Jobs (183)
  5. Tata Group Jobs (265)

Which Companies Pay Programmers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Millward Brown and Anthology are the highest paying companies for programmers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Millward Brown$122,792$59.03
2Anthology$121,130$58.24
3Tesco Corp$112,449$54.06
4Tyler Technologies$102,535$49.3038
5Deckers Brands$102,421$49.24
6Fortinet$99,839$48.0056
7Invacare$97,834$47.042
8NV Energy$97,813$47.032
9Precision Castparts$97,532$46.894
10Nuance Communications$96,289$46.2914
11Regions Bank$95,956$46.13585
12Nike$95,248$45.79183
13Merck$95,049$45.70288
14Bank of America$94,248$45.311056
15Koch Industries$94,090$45.2456
16GlobalLogic$93,994$45.195
17NVIDIA$93,654$45.03122
18Gilead Sciences$93,460$44.936
19Sony Electronics$93,221$44.82129
20Fuhu$92,667$44.55

How Much Do Programmers Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a programmer salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The finance industry pays programmers an average salary of $81,227

  2. The health care industry pay $77,313

  3. The lowest paying industry for programmers is the insurance industry. Programmers in this industry earn an average salary of $73,675

Highest Paying Industries For Programmers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Finance$81,227$39.05
2Health Care$77,313$37.17
3Technology$77,189$37.11
4Manufacturing$77,061$37.05
5Professional$76,975$37.01
6Insurance$73,675$35.42

High Paying Programmer Jobs

Programmer Salary Trends

The salary for a programmer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Programmer Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$58,300$28.04
Mid Level$74,300$35.73
Senior Level$101,000$48.49

Average Programmer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Programmer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$79,800$38.36+3.3%
    2021$77,200$37.09+2.3%
    2020$75,400$36.25+2.4%
    2019$73,600$35.38+2.9%
    2018$71,400$34.34+0.4%

    Recently Added Programmer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    PeratonAMX ProgrammerAlexandria, VA06/02/2022$71,531
    Columbia Building ServicesMS Access ProgrammerMinneapolis, MN06/01/2022$65,000
    Goodwin RecruitingADY Cam Programmer Large Size Fabricating and Machining ShopCalera, AL05/31/2022$80,000
    PerspectaAMX ProgrammerAlexandria, VA05/31/2022$71,531
    University of CaliforniaBioinformatics Programmer U), QB3 InstituteBerkeley, CA05/29/2022$105,600
    Texas Department of Criminal JusticeProgrammer I, II, IIIHuntsville, TX05/28/2022$43,300
    University of PennsylvaniaProgrammer-Penncil Lab (Biostatistics Division)Philadelphia, PA05/23/2022$50,684
    AppleoneProgrammerMatthews, NC05/23/2022$55,000
    StaffworksProgrammerEast Syracuse, NY05/20/2022$31,305
    Missouri Higher Education Loan AuthorityProgrammer IChesterfield, MO05/18/2022$60,000

    Programmer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Programmers the most?

    Washington pays Programmers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $107,868 per year, or $51.86 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Programmer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Programmer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Oregon you should be paid close to $96,120 per year.

    What type of Programmer gets paid the most?

    Lead Programmer gets paid the most. Lead Programmer made a median salary of $109,464. The best-paid 10 percent make $130,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $91,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Programmer?

    A good starting salary for a programmer is $61,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a programmer in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for programmers is $79,786, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a programmer can vary by state.

    Do programmers get paid well?

    Yes, programmers get paid well. The average programmer makes around $67,000 a year ($32.63 an hour). The top programmers can make upwards of $125,000 a year. Factors such as location and industry impact how much a programmer gets paid.

    How much money can you make as a programmer?

    As a programmer, you can make $67,000 a year, on average. The range of how much a programmer can make starts from as little as $42,000 a year to as much as $114,000 a year. Factors such as location and industry impact how much a programmer gets paid.

    What is the average salary of a C++ programmer?

    The average salary of a C++ programmer is $81,045 a year. There is some degree of variability in what a C++ programmer can make - starting from as little as $61,000 to as much as $131,000 a year.

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