I don't know exactly how academic careers work in the US, but if you are an associate professor at a university that means you have a PhD and several years of experience as a postdoc/professor?
As somebody who has worked in industry and academia: I find it very unusual that companies would even consider to hire you as a programmer. I know hundreds of CS people with PhD working in industry, and none of them work as a simple developer (unless they have started their own company). Most of them are working as team leaders, in company-internal research, as software architects for new products, as contact person to the government, etc., i.e. positions where (a) something new has to be designed/invented, (b) theoretical expertise is needed (ML etc.), or (c) communication and writing skills are needed.
Independently of the above, you should think very carefully before taking the decision to leave academia, especially if you have never worked in industry before. Academia has a lot of pressure (publishing, get funding, etc.) but industry has its own drawbacks (customer-driven, never have time to do something perfectly, having a boss, etc.). If you really want to do it, prepare it carefully. Start talking with interesting companies, give presentations at industry workshops, do joint projects, etc. That is the most reliable way to get one of the "interesting" jobs (company-internal research).