In order to promote and support development of the wave energy industry, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has developed a Wave Energy Development Roadmap. The Wave Energy Development Roadmap outlines the pathway from initial design to commercialization for Wave Energy Converter (WEC) technologies. Commercialization of a wave energy technology is embodied in the deployment of an array of WEC's, a WEC Farm. The development process is related to the commonly used metric of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). The roadmap incorporates modeling and experimental expectations at corresponding TRLs which provide a guide for the industry to pursue successful design optimizations, prototype deployments, and utility scale commercialization. The roadmap serves the additional purpose of pinpointing research gaps in the development process.