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Computer Programmer Salary

For Computer Programmers, yearly average wages total $56K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $33K, and the top verges on $88K per year. Total cash compensation to Computer Programmers varies from $33K to $88K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K each. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though geography and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Computer Programmers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Computer Programmers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$36,645 - $85,542
(Median)
$37K
$56K
$86K
MEDIAN: $56,290
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$11.87 - $40.80
(Median)
$12
$20
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,645 - $85,542  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,365  
Profit Sharing
$4.70 - $7,973  
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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$32,757 - $87,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,986
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $40.80  
   
Overtime
$10.28 - $45.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,365  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.70 - $7,973  
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).
)
$32,757 - $87,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 489

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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.

Common Career Paths for Computer Programmer


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As Computer Programmers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Software Engineers earn $93K on average per year. Computer Programmers typically move into roles as Software Engineers or Programmer Analysts, and those positions pay $10K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Programmer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the most; Computer Programmers earn $73K on average there.

Popular Skills for Computer Programmer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, PL/SQL, Oracle, and ASP.NET are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, and VB.Net. It is often found that people who know C++ are also skilled in C#. Those who learned Java also tend to know SQL.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $49K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $62K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $75K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Computer Programmers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Computer Programmers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+28 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Washington (+22 percent), and New York (+20 percent). Falling short of the national average by 1 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Columbus.

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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Oracle
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ASP.NET
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Java
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National Average
$55,000

C#
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.NET
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JavaScript
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Microsoft SQL Server
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C++
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 427 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 17%