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-5% Jobs Projection
$95,370 Median Salary
2,270 Job Openings

While jobs for Computer Programmers in California are decreasing, those who do work in these jobs get paid higher than average.

  • Employment for Computer Programmers in California is expected to decrease.

  • Computer Programmers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Computer Programmers Work in California?

There were approximately 29,740 workers employed as Computer Programmers in this state in 2018.

There were 34,050 Computer Programmers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 4,310 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Computer Programmers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 2,970 Computer Programmers working in it, which means California has more Computer Programmers than average.

Computer Programmers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Computer Programmers in this state are declining at a rate of 4.7% which is a slower decline than the nationwide estimated projection of %.

Job Projections for Computer Programmers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 2,270 annual Computer Programmers job openings in California, and 38,600 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 15,500 annual jobs and 273,600 total jobs in 2026.

What do Computer Programmers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Computer Programmers ranged from $58,910 to $143,910 with $95,370 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $28.32 to $69.19. The median hourly rate was $45.85.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $45.01 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.84.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Computer Programmers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Computer Programmers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Computer Programmers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,390 $87,890
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,350 $106,070
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 4,260 $105,170
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,910 $105,640
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 2,510 $86,300
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 730 $85,570
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 290 $81,960
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 230 $94,380
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 220 $96,490
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 160 $91,590
Fresno, CA 150 $85,780
Bakersfield, CA 140 $82,710
Santa Rosa, CA 130 $91,380
Salinas, CA 110 $104,280
Modesto, CA 100 $71,480
Stockton-Lodi, CA 90 $81,490
Chico, CA 60 $89,680
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 30 $76,980

Top States for Computer Programmers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Computer Programmers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 29,740 $95,370
Texas 20,960 $84,980
New York 15,380 $85,450
Illinois 11,350 $87,770
Florida 10,390 $72,860
New Jersey 9,930 $76,320
Washington 9,670 $131,520
Pennsylvania 8,990 $84,880
Alabama 7,750 $82,410
Virginia 7,110 $92,550
North Carolina 6,210 $91,340
Missouri 5,630 $76,140
Wisconsin 5,530 $75,480
Georgia 5,460 $87,770
Ohio 5,150 $72,780
Indiana 5,010 $73,870
Maryland 4,790 $88,860
Minnesota 4,520 $81,200
Massachusetts 4,420 $92,200
Connecticut 4,110 $91,980

Below are the states where Computer Programmers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Washington $131,520
District of Columbia $106,150
California $95,370
Colorado $92,680
Virginia $92,550
Massachusetts $92,200
Connecticut $91,980
North Carolina $91,340
Maryland $88,860
Illinois $87,770

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Occupation CA Employment Total
Software Developers, Applications 148,550
Software Developers, Systems Software 88,910
Web Developers 20,170

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