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Here is everything you need to know about the earning potential for a software developer working in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a software developer is a professional who creates and develops software programs and applications for computers, mobile devices, and other electronic devices. This is a broad definition of the work and a software developer’s actual job duties and salary may vary depending on their specific role and the industry they work in. However, with that in mind, we can still glean an understanding of what someone within a software development role could potentially earn within the DC-MD-VA metro by looking at the BLS’ May 2023 Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) estimates that were released on April 3, 2024.

The numbers listed below represent the high, median and low salary for the entire state. This is important because even higher earning potential is available within the Baltimore-Washington parkway area and Northern VA, likely due to the increased number of government contractors and military installations in these areas. All of the amounts listed below are competitive with the national highs, lows and median, so you can’t go wrong with finding a software developer position anywhere in the Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC area. 

Average Salary For Software Developers Across The US

HighMedian Low 
Software Developers$208,620$132,270$77,020
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Average Software Developer Salary In MD, VA & DC

The table below outlines the salary ranges for the entire states of Maryland and Virginia. However, it is important to note that the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV metropolitan area offers the 6th highest employment of Software Developers across the nation at an average salary of $148,480. The Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD metropolitan area offers the 7th top paying metro are in the nation for Software Developers at an average salary of $152,120.

HighMedian Low 
Average Software Developer Salary In MD$205,720$138,050$86,200
Average Software Developer Salary In VA$205,820$135,040$79,360
Average Software Developer Salary In DC$198,070$140,360$95,670
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