In today’s skill-intensive job market, having practical working knowledge of computers (and the internet) is a non-negotiable — it’s simply essential. Not surprisingly, the role of a computer programmer has experienced a meteoric rise in demand, pay and general awareness over the years, at least since the digital boom of the 1990s.
The average income of computer programmers has reached $87,530 as of 2017, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics. Looking back three years to 2015, the average year-over-year increase in pay for computer programmers is roughly 1.9%. However, there are states which have seen greater income growth, and higher wages than the U.S. average.
Geography is nearly always a major factor when it comes to jobs and salaries. When it comes to computer programmer salaries by state, the rule proves true. Check out the full breakdown below of where computer programmers’ incomes are the lowest, and where their incomes are the highest.
Spoiler: Pennsylvania ranks 20th at $80,830.
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