Computer Programming
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How much money does a computer programmer earn?

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February 29, 2012 10:25PM

  • Free-lance programmers might charge anywhere between $20 or $30 an hour to $200 or $300/hour. It depends on their experience, the industry of their clients, what their specialty is, their location, etc., etc.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the 2002 median annual earnings of salaried computer programmers was $60,290. The middle 50 percent earned between $45,960 and $78,140 a year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,080; the highest 10 percent earned more than $96,860.
  • According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, starting salary offers for graduates with a bachelor's degree in computer programming averaged $45,558 a year in 2003.
  • According to Robert Half International, a firm providing specialized staffing services, average annual starting salaries in 2003 ranged from $51,500 to $80,500 for applications development programmers/analysts, and from $55,000 to $87,750 for software developers. Average starting salaries for mainframe systems programmers ranged from $53,250 to $68,750 in 2003.
  • Ask someone at the reference desk of your local public library for the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It lists all kinds of information you would need to know,(including the salary) of just about any occupation you can think of.
  • They make around 200k to 500k a year. This is if the programer is well experienced and has all his certificates.
  • Quite a lot. About forty to eighty thousand on average, and depending on where you work, over a hundred thousand (ex. in the NSA).