Computer Programmer Salary

For Computer Programmers, yearly average wages total $61K annually. Total cash compensation to Computer Programmers bottoms out near $36K and approaches $99K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $17K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. The majority of Computer Programmers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Computer Programmers are male. Although somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,663 - $98,073
$40K
$61K
$98K
MEDIAN: $60,876
10%
50%
90%

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$13.04 - $45.34
$13
$22
$45
MEDIAN: $21.59
10%
50%
90%

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$0$99K
Salary $39,663 - $98,073
Bonus $0.00 - $10,096
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $17,440
Commission $1,500
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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$36,113 - $99,762
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,500
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $13.04 - $45.34
Hourly Tips $1.31
Overtime $11.69 - $61.53
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $0.00 - $10,096
Commission $1,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $17,440
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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$36,113 - $99,762
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 366

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

  • Work with designers and content producers.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Computer Programmer


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Computer Programmers who go on to become Senior Software Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Software Engineers is $108K annually. A Software Engineer or a Programmer Analyst is a typical transition from a Computer Programmer role.

Computer Programmer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Programmer


Dominating the field, TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Google, Inc., Techmahindra Ltd, and TCS America are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Computer Programmers. Computer Programmers flock to Igate Global Solutions Ltd. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $75K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. at $73K, Microsoft Corp at $72K, and Accenture, where Computer Programmers annually earn $69K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include TCS America at $62K, Techmahindra Ltd at $65K, and Accenture Technology Solutions, where $66K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Computer Programmer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, Java, JavaScript, and ASP.NET are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Visual Basic, PHP, and C++. C# is a skill commonly found among those who know .NET.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Programmer

Pay by Experience for a Computer Programmer has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Programmer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 1,235 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Programmer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 465 salaries. An experienced Computer Programmer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 343 salaries. A Computer Programmer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 183 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,946

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

With a pay rate for Computer Programmers that is 31 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Programmers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+24 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average.

Computer Programmer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer Programmer?

Computer Programmer in Columbus:
Pros: No traffic problems, lots of stuff to do, low housing costs.
Cons: Some very small minded people.

Computer Programmer in Cranston:
"It is good."
Pros: I get to improve software add perks make Windows better.
Cons: People expect a lot from it which makes it take a lot of time.

Computer Programmer in San Francisco:
Pros: I do what I love and I like that I can continuously learn something.
Cons: Too much time spent in front of the computer.

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
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 205 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

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++
▼7%

PHP
▼10%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 22%