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Computer Programmer Salary (United States)

Median pay for Computer Programmers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $56K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $32K and $86K per year. Cash earnings of Computer Programmers can occasionally include $8K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $32K to almost $86K. While career duration and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. The majority of Computer Programmers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (84 percent) of Computer Programmers who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage.
Computer Programmer Salary (?
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$36,259 - $84,789
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MEDIAN: $55,758
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Computer Programmer Salary (?
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$11.93 - $40.42
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,259 - $84,789  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,079  
Profit Sharing
$4.93 - $7,891  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,349 - $86,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,972
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $40.42  
   
Overtime
$10.04 - $44.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,079  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.93 - $7,891  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,349 - $86,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 488
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Job Description for Computer Programmer

The basic role of a Computer Programer is to create and modify the software programs that provide the instructions that tell a computer how to accomplish a specific task. They write these programs in special languages known as programming languages (such as C++) that allow computers to understand and accomplish the desired goals of the program.
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Computer Programmer Tasks
  • Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Test and document software for web sites.
  • Work with with designers and content producers.

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Popular Skills for Computer Programmer

Computer Programmers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in UNIX, PL/SQL, ASP.NET, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Access, Visual Basic, and SQL. A tool kit that includes Java also typically contains SQL. Most people familiar with C++ also know C#.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Programmer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Computer Programmers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $49K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $62K. Computer Programmers bring in $70K after working for 10 to 20 years. Computer Programmers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $75K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$55,000
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Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Computer Programmers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Programmers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+26 percent), New York (+22 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Computer Programmers in Orlando earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average.

Computer Programmer Reviews

What is it like working as a Computer Programmer?
Computer Programmer in Honolulu:
"Exciting, New, Different."
Pros: I like how they allow flexible schedules.
Cons: I do not like how I can't work from home.

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Experience Affects Computer Programmer Salaries

National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect Computer Programmer Salaries

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PL/SQL
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ASP.NET
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Oracle
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JavaScript
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.NET
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$55,000
C#
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Java
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Microsoft SQL Server
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C++
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 460 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 16%