The average salary for a computer programmer is about $82,690, as of May 2014, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The average hourly wage of a computer programmer is about $39.75.
The top 10 percent of computer programmers make more than $117,890, and the lowest 10 percent make less than $42,850, as reported by the BLS. The state with the highest employment of computer programmers is California with 37,990 and an average salary of $89,250. Washington has the highest annual salary for computer programmers with $115,430, followed by New Mexico with $96,510. The projected growth of employment for computer programmers is about 8 percent from 2012 to 2022.