The median annual wage for software developers, applications was $98,260 in May 2015.
The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $57,340, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $153,710.
The median annual wage for software developers, systems software was $105,570 in May 2015.
The lowest 10 percent earned less than $64,600, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $159,850.
In May 2015, the median annual wages for software developers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
Computer and electronic product manufacturing
Finance and insurance
Management of companies and enterprises
Computer systems design and related services
Most software developers work full time, and long hours are common.
Median annual wages, May 2015
Software developers, systems software
Software developers, applications
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics