Salaries for KC, St. Louis software developers hover near U.S. median

Jim McKelvey, Square and LaunchCode co-founder | Photo courtesy of Cultivation Capital
Jim McKelvey | Courtesy of Cultivation Capital

The average Missouri software developer makes $85,770 per year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s about $2,000 more than Illinois coders bring home per year, although it falls short of Kansas’ annual average by approximately the same amount.

Kansas City’s coders bring in $90,170 per year, slightly more than their counterparts in St. Louis, who made $89,850 as of May 2013. Both figures are significantly more than the average salary of a Chicago developer. The national median salary for software developers is $92,660.

Software developers in California’s Silicon Valley metropolitan area – home to tech giants like Google and Apple –  made the most in the country, hauling in $131,170 annually. California coders as a whole were the best-paid in the country, with average yearly hauls of $112,180.

However, factors like cost of living and the existing supply of talent in a given area play large roles as well. Coders in Sioux City, Iowa were the second highest-paid in the country, making $125,050 per year on average in a city with less renown for tech talent and a much lower cost of living than Silicon Valley.

One of the most notable efforts aimed at increasing the pool of coder talent in Missouri is St. Louis’ LaunchCode. The program, started by Square co-founder and native St. Louisan Jim McKelvey, pairs rookie developers with industry professionals in an apprenticeship model. To date, more than half of those participating in the program have been hired as salaried employees.

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