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Earnings
Earnings for engineers vary significantly by specialty, industry, and education. Even so, as a group, engineers earn some of the highest average starting salaries among those holding bachelor's degrees.

Salary Data
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 applications software engineers is follows:

Professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers $93,740
Software publishers $87,710
Management of companies and enterprises $85,990
Computer systems design and related services $84,610
Insurance carriers $80,370

Median annual wages of wage-and-salary computer systems software engineers were $92,430. The middle 50 percent earned between $73,200 and $113,960. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $57,810, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $135,780. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of computer systems software engineers is as follows:

Scientific research and development services

$102,090

Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing

$101,270

Software publishers

$93,590

Navigational measuring electromedical and control instruments manufacturing

$91,720

Computer systems design and related services

$91,610

Median annual wages of wage-and-salary computer programmers were $69,620 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $52,640 and $89,720 a year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,080, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $111,450. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of computer programmers is shown below:

Software publishers

$81,780

Management of companies and enterprises

$71,040

Computer systems design and related services

$70,270

Employment services

$70,070

Insurance carriers

$69,790

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 


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