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13.2% Jobs Projection
$127,670 Median Salary
7,470 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Systems Software Developers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Systems Software Developers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Systems Software Developers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Systems Software Developers Work in California?

There were approximately 88,910 workers employed as Systems Software Developers in this state in 2018.

There were 82,630 Systems Software Developers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 6,280 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Systems Software Developers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 3,220 Systems Software Developers working in it, which means California has more Systems Software Developers than average.

Systems Software Developers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Systems Software Developers in this state are growing at a rate of 13.2% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 11.1%.

Job Projections for Systems Software Developers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 7,470 annual job openings, and a total of 105,500 jobs for California Systems Software Developers in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 32,900 annual jobs and 472,100 total jobs in 2026.

What do Systems Software Developers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Systems Software Developers ranged from $81,120 to $192,530 with $127,670 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $39 to $92.56. The median hourly rate was $61.38.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $59.71 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $1.67.

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

Systems Software Developers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Systems Software Developers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Systems Software Developers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 28,290 $144,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 23,300 $124,480
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 17,090 $134,530
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 8,300 $114,680
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 5,760 $96,770
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 1,250 $122,560
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,140 $101,840
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 600 $100,780
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 370 $100,430
Santa Rosa, CA 290 $109,210
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 240 $83,090
Bakersfield, CA 200 $99,270
Fresno, CA 160 $86,000
Salinas, CA 140 $102,400
Stockton-Lodi, CA 60 $98,640
Visalia-Porterville, CA 60 n/a
Modesto, CA 50 $86,140
Redding, CA 50 $100,490
Chico, CA 40 n/a

Top States for Systems Software Developers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Systems Software Developers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 88,910 $127,670
Texas 28,720 $108,570
Virginia 27,800 $117,400
Massachusetts 25,540 $115,580
New York 19,690 $111,320
Florida 17,270 $99,050
Illinois 17,130 $107,390
Washington 16,130 $121,470
Maryland 15,430 $118,300
Georgia 12,910 $104,640
Arizona 11,500 $101,490
Colorado 11,170 $117,350
Michigan 10,320 $88,800
New Jersey 8,960 $121,680
Pennsylvania 8,810 $98,440
North Carolina 7,070 $104,710
Minnesota 6,460 $106,290
Missouri 6,440 $93,870
Utah 5,690 $102,640
Ohio 5,400 $98,830

Below are the states where Systems Software Developers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $127,670
New Hampshire $127,470
New Jersey $121,680
Washington $121,470
Maryland $118,300
Virginia $117,400
Colorado $117,350
Massachusetts $115,580
District of Columbia $115,500
New York $111,320

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Occupation CA Employment Total
Software Developers, Applications 148,550
Computer Programmers 29,740
Web Developers 20,170

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