Average salary for a computer programmer: $71,380
In the 1999 film “Office Space,” Ron Livingston plays a disgruntled computer programmer. Although the movie didn’t do much at the box office, it endures as a cult classic, thanks to its hilarious dialogue and one-liners.
”Office Space” realistically depicts its main character’s financial situation. Computer programmers earn a mean annual salary of $71,380, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is enough to comfortably afford the monthly rent on his one-bedroom apartment, the payments on his midsize car, and the regular dry cleaning of his shirts, slacks, and ties.