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Employment of computer software engineers is expected to increase by 32 percent in the next ten years. In addition, this occupation will see a large number of new jobs, with more than 295,000 created between 2008 and 2018. New growth is especially expected to arise from rapidly evolving technologies such as video gaming and mobile applications. Following are five separate degree concentrations in the field of Software Development with the salary expectations of each:
In May 2008, median annual wages of wage-and-salary computer applications software engineers were $85,430. The middle 50 percent earned between $67,790 and $104,870. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $53,720, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $128,870.
Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of computer software engineers in May 2008 were as follows:
|Professional and commercial equipment |
|Management of companies and enterprises||$85,990|
|Computer systems design and related services||$84,610|
|Computer Systems Design and Related Services||$91,240|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||$88,490|
|Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing||$105,480|
For more details and geographic statistics you can view the Occupational and Employment Wages related to Software Applications Developer by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. You can also view some charts and graphs related to this position at Indeed.com.
Average Software Systems salaries for job postings nationwide are 12% higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide. Median annual wages of software systems developers were $97,960 in May 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $75,720 and $117,670. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $61,040, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $143,330.
Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of software systems developers in May 2010 were as follows:
Scientific Research and Development Services$101,960
|Computer Systems Design and Related Services||$96,830|
|Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing||$108,650|
|Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical,
|Entertainment or Game Software||$34,883 – $72,439|
|Audio/Video/Entertainment Production||$38,654 – $79,834|
|Toys/Games||$34,622 – $80,533|
|Video Game Machines||$40,000 – $106,000|
|Gaming Products||$48,611 – $70,000|
|Slot Machines/Gaming Machines||$50,500 – $81,472|
Payscale.com offers additional data on salaries, geographic saturations, and job postings for Video Game Designers and you can view some charts and graphs related to this position at Indeed.com. You can also view additional salary informationat SimplyHired.com.
Mobile Software Development
According to a report funded by Bluewolf, an IT consulting and staffing agency with branches in New York, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, mobile software developers are in and will continue to be in high demand. According to the report, 2011 mobile application developers will be sought after by companies fueled by an influx of venture capital and a demand for new skill sets including iPhone, iPad, Facebook, and Android development chops, as well as expertise in Flash, Flex, PHP, Amazon Web Services, and Salesforce.com.
In-demand jobs and their anticipated average salary ranges are as follows:
|Flash developers:||$80,000 – $100,000|
|Flex developers:||$85,000 – $110,000|
|PHP/LAMP developers:||$75,000 – $110,000|
|Ruby on Rails developers:||$85,000 – $110,000|
|CRM Developers:||$90,000 – $120,000|
|iPad developers:||$98,000 – $120,000|
|iPhone developers:||$94,000 – $115,000|
|Android developers:||$97,000 – $120,000|
For more information regarding the salaries on the rise for mobile developers, you can read the report at InfoWorld.com.
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