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Average Entry-Level Computer Programmer Salary

$53,493
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,017
Bonus
$1,965
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The average salary for an Entry-Level Computer Programmer is $53,493.
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$37k
MEDIAN
$53k
90%
$80k
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What Do Computer Programmers Do?

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.

Career Paths

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Computer Programmer
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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What Are Popular Skills for Computer Programmers?

Skills in Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include JavaScript, SQL, C++ Programming Language and C# Programming Language.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Computer Programmers?

An early career Computer Programmer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $57,642 based on 965 salaries. A mid-career Computer Programmer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,805 based on 369 salaries. An experienced Computer Programmer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,188 based on 336 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $85,171.
Employees with Computer Programmer in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 40.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (40.2% more) and Seattle, Washington (10.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Diego, California (4.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,938 survey responses.
Early Career
49.8%
Mid Career
19.0%
Experienced
17.3%
Late Career
13.8%