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Salary Outlook

The BLS reports the median annual wage for computer programmers was $74,280 in 2012. The best-paid 10 percent in the field made approximately $117,890, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $42,850. The highest-paid in the profession work in the metropolitan areas of Santa Fe, N.M., Bethesda, Md., and Anniston, Ala.

Job Salary Year
2004 $68,860.00
2006 $71,550.00
2008 $72,720.00
2010 $74,690.00
2012 $78,260.00

Average Computer Programmer Pay vs. All Technology Jobs

The average computer programmer makes less than some of the other Best Technology Jobs. Few can compete with the hefty $129,130 salary the average IT manager brings home. Still, the pay is comparable to the salaries paid to similar occupations on our list. For example, computer programmers earned an average of $78,260 in 2012, while database administrators earned an average of $79,120 in the same year. For their part, Web developers earned a mean salary of $66,100 in 2012.

Job Name Salary
Software Developer $90,060.00
Civil Engineer $79,340.00
Database Administrator $77,080.00
Computer Programmer $74,280.00
Web Developer $62,500.00

Best Paying Cities for Computer Programmers

The highest paid in the computer programmer profession work in the metropolitan areas of Santa Fe, N.M., Bethesda, Md., and Anniston, Ala. The Durham, N.C. area also pays well, as does the city of Lawrence and Salem, Mass.

Santa Fe, N.M.

Average Salary: $120,050 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer programmer working in Santa Fe, N.M. is $120,050, which is $45,770 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bethesda, Md.

Average Salary: $114,020 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer programmer working in Bethesda, Md. is $114,020, which is $39,740 more than the average pay in the profession.

Anniston, Ala.

Average Salary: $109,740 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer programmer working in Anniston, Ala. is $109,740, which is $35,460 more than the average pay in the profession.

Durham, N.C.

Average Salary: $104,910 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer programmer working in Durham, N.C. is $104,910, which is $30,630 more than the average pay in the profession.

Lawrence and Salem, Mass.

Average Salary: $100,840 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer programmer working in Lawrence and Salem, Mass. is $100,840, which is $26,560 more than the average pay in the profession.

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Last updated by Nathan Hellman.


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