Computer Programmer Salary

Computer Programmers in the United States take home approximately $61K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Computer Programmers runs from $36K to $100K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $14K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Computer Programmers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. Most Computer Programmers report high levels of job satisfaction.

$39,798 - $96,816
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$61K
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MEDIAN: $60,842
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$12.96 - $48.75
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MEDIAN: $21.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$39,798 - $96,816  
   
Bonus
$29.36 - $10,150  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,500  
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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$36,352 - $99,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,525
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.96 - $48.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.02  
Overtime
$15.00 - $57.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$29.36 - $10,150  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,500  
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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$36,352 - $99,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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Job Description for Computer Programmer

Computer programmers work in a wide range of industries, but generally in offices as salaried employees who code or write computer software and write, design, debug, troubleshoot, and maintain source code related to various computer programs. They also ensure that all source code is written in programming languages that can be understood by the computer so that programs can then be used by end-users. They may also customize computer programs which were purchased from vendors.

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Computer Programmer Tasks

  • Write, modify, and debug software for server applications.
  • Write code to create multi-threaded, networked server applications.
  • Use source debuggers, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools.
  • Test and document software for server applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.

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 $108K on average per year. It is not uncommon for a Computer Programmer to continue on to become a Software Engineer or a Programmer Analyst.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Programmer


TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Google, Inc., Techmahindra Ltd, and TCS America are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Computer Programmers. Igate Global Solutions Ltd. offers the largest salaries in town — $75K on average. Other leaders in compensation levels are International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. at $73K, Microsoft Corp at $72K, and Accenture, where Computer Programmers annually earn $69K.

TCS America, Techmahindra Ltd, and Accenture Technology Solutions also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $62K, $65K, and $66K.

Popular Skills for Computer Programmer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Linux, Java, JavaScript, and ASP.NET are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, PHP, and C++. .NET and C# are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Programmer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Computer Programmers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $52K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $68K. Computer Programmers bring in $78K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $89K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,923

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Programmers, 32 percent higher than the national average. Computer Programmers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+24 percent), Minneapolis (+21 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). In Houston, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Computer Programmer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Computer Programmer

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Computer Programmer Salaries

▲48%

▲30%

▲13%

National Average
$60,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Computer Programmer Salaries

▲11%

▲1%

▲1%

National Average
$60,000


▼1%


C#
▼4%


SQL
▼4%

▼4%

▼4%


C++
▼6%

PHP
▼10%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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