A Computer Programmer earns an average salary of $53,082 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Computer Programmer Total Pay (?
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$34,689 - $81,703
(Median)
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53K
67K
82K
MEDIAN: $53,082
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Computer Programmer Total Pay (?
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$11.55 - $39.67
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,689 - $81,703  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,433  
Profit Sharing
$48.48 - $6,234  
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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$30,889 - $84,148  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,675
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.55 - $39.67  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $46.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,433  
   
Profit Sharing
$48.48 - $6,234  
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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$30,889 - $84,148  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,675
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Programmer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
San Francisco
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Seattle
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Boston
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Austin
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San Diego
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Washington
up arrow 18%
St. Louis
up arrow 17%
Los Angeles
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Dallas
up arrow 14%
Houston
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National Average
$52,000
Atlanta
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Orlando
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Experience Affects Computer Programmer Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Computer Programmer Salaries

JavaScript
up arrow 4%
ASP.NET
up arrow 3%
.NET
up arrow 2%
C#
up arrow 1%
National Average
$52,000
Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 1%
Java
up arrow 2%
SQL
up arrow 3%
VB.Net
up arrow 3%
C++
up arrow 4%
HTML
up arrow 4%
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Gender
Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 17%
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