Software Developer Statistics By Gender

20.7% of software developers are women and 79.3% of software developers are men.

  • Male, 79.3%
  • Female, 20.7%

Software Developers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male79.3%
Female20.7%

Gender Pay Gap For Software Developer

Women Earn 94¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$92,520
female-income
Female Income
$86,511

Software Developer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the software developer position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Software Developer Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201070.30%29.70%
201170.02%29.98%
201271.63%28.37%
201371.51%28.49%
201472.81%27.19%
201572.47%27.53%
201674.33%25.67%
201773.69%26.31%
201873.73%26.27%
201973.41%26.59%

Software Developer Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, dell certified systems expert and software applications architect have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Informatics Nurse Specialist13%87%
Clinical Support Specialist22%78%
Clinic Administrator23%77%
Software Developer79%21%
Senior Data Center Engineer98%2%
Software Applications Architect98%2%
Dell Certified Systems Expert99%1%

Software Developer Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among software developers is White, which makes up 56.3% of all software developers. Comparatively, there are 28.9% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 56.3%
  • Asian, 28.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.0%
  • Black or African American, 5.0%
  • Unknown, 2.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.0%

Software Developer Race

Software Developer RacePercentages
White56.3%
Asian28.9%
Hispanic or Latino7.0%
Black or African American5.0%
Unknown2.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.0%

Software Developer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among software developers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Software Developer Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201060.55%5.54%25.70%5.73%
201161.02%5.77%25.20%5.44%
201259.93%5.30%26.58%5.88%
201360.32%4.83%26.40%5.70%
201459.20%5.34%27.05%5.82%
201558.37%5.15%27.17%6.40%
201657.87%5.14%27.88%6.40%
201756.45%5.02%28.43%6.76%
201857.10%4.87%27.66%7.38%
201956.27%4.96%28.85%7.00%

Software Developer Wage Gap By Race

Asian software developers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american software developers have the lowest average salary at $85,368.
$96,000
$94,000
$92,000
$90,000
$88,000
$86,000
$84,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$90,554
White$89,842
Black or African American$85,368
Asian$93,812
Hispanic or Latino$88,002

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Average Age of a Software Developer

We determined the average age of software developers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Software Developer Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown3532
White3942
Black or African American4043
Asian3737
Hispanic or Latino3535

Software Developer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of software developer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of software developers is 40+ years old, which represents 46% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Software Developer Age

Software Developer YearsPercentages
40+ years46%
30-40 years36%
20-30 years18%

Types of Software Developer Degree Levels

The most common degree for software developers is bachelor's degree 72% of software developers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 20% and rounding it off is associate degree with 5%.

  • Bachelors, 72%
  • Masters, 20%
  • Associate, 5%
  • Diploma, 2%
  • Other Degrees, 1%

Software Developers By Education

Software Developer DegreePercentages
Bachelors72%
Masters20%
Associate5%
Diploma2%
Other Degrees1%

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Software Developer Wage Gap By Education

Software developers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $109,923 annually. With a Masters degree, software developers earn a median annual income of $100,005 compared to $92,520 for software developers with an Bachelors degree.
$113,000
$109,000
$105,000
$101,000
$97,000
$93,000
$89,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$100,005
Bachelor's Degree$92,520
Doctorate Degree$109,923

Software Developer Employment Statistics

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire software developers.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Software Developer Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees9%
50 - 100 employees1%
100 - 500 employees8%
500 - 1,000 employees15%
1,000 - 10,000 employees32%
> 10,000 employees35%

Top Industries Hiring Software Developers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ software developers. Those industries include technology, professional and internet.

Technology

Fortune 500

Professional

Internet

Telecommunication

Software Developer Turnover And Employment Statistics

Software Developer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of software developers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Software Developer Unemployment Rate By Year

YearSoftware Developer Unemployment Rate
20104.56%
20113.25%
20122.64%
20132.67%
20142.07%
20152.26%
20162.33%
20172.17%
20181.80%
20191.88%

The Average Number of Years That Software Developer Stay in a Job

By looking over 49,913 software developers resumes, we figured out that the average software developer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 40%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Software Developer Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year30%
1-2 years40%
3-4 years11%
5-7 years11%
8-10 years4%
11+ years5%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Software Developers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to software developers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Social Media Strategist7.66%43,791
Engineering Specialist7.80%74,442
Software Developer8.26%
Database Architect8.31%90,743
Junior Networking Engineer8.39%44,165
Advanced Technician9.71%78,364
Rocket Scientist20.69%41,724

Software Developer LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Social Media Strategist7.66%43,791
Engineering Specialist7.80%74,442
Database Architect8.31%90,743
Junior Networking Engineer8.39%44,165
Advanced Technician9.71%78,364
Rocket Scientist20.69%41,724

Foreign Languages Spoken By Software Developers

The most common foreign language among software developers is Spanish at 31.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 11.4% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 7.6%.

  • Spanish, 31.5%
  • French, 11.4%
  • Chinese, 7.6%
  • German, 7.1%
  • Japanese, 5.4%
  • Other, 37.0%

Software Developer Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish31.5%
French11.4%
Chinese7.6%
German7.1%
Japanese5.4%
Other37.0%

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Where Do Software Developers Earn The Most?

Software developers earn the most in California, where the average software developer salary is $105,486. The map here shows where software developers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Software Developers?

By looking through more than 49,913 resumes, we found that the most popular places for software developers are New York, NY and Austin, TX.

Number of Software Developers

Number Of Software Developer Jobs By State

Where Are Software Developers In High Demand?

Software developers are in high demand in Atlanta, GA. There are currently 136 job openings for software developers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country software developers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Software Developer Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Software Developers Are Female?

26.6% of software developers are female in the United States. This is 0.3 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female software developers has decreased by -3.1 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 123,012 female software developers in the U.S. and 339,440 male software developers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 462,452 people with the specific job title of software developer and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Software Developer Are There In The Us?

There are over 235,869 Software Developers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Software Developers Are Black?

5.0% of Software Developers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Software Developers?

Most a are White, with 56.3% of Software Developers belonging to this ethnicity. 28.9% of Software Developers are Asian, 7.0% of Software Developers are Hispanic or Latino, 5.0% of Software Developers are Black or African American, 2.8% of Software Developers are Unknown, and 0.0% of Software Developers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Software Developer Jobs Male - Dominated ?

Yes, Software Developer jobs are male - dominated. 79% of Software Developers are male, and 20% are female, so there are more male Software Developers than female Software Developers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Software Developer ?

The average Software Developer is 39 years old. 46% of Software Developers are 40+ years old or older, 36% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 18% are between 20-30 years old

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