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2021 Highest Paid Computer Information Systems Graduates

36,674 Bachelor's Degrees
$54,451 Avg Salary
$26,501 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Information Systems School for You

Highest Paid Computer Information Systems GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 36,674 people earned their bachelor's in computer information systems, making the major the #16 most popular in the United States. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid CIS list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Computer Information Systems Graduates ranking looked at 320 colleges that offer a bachelor's in CIS.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Salaries of Computer Information Systems Majors After Graduation

After graduating, computer information systems majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $54,451 per year. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 37% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

Average Salary for CIS Graduates from Schools Nationwide  54,451
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Computer Information Systems Grads in the United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid CIS graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid CIS Graduates

United States Naval Academy landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer information systems school. Located in the suburb of Annapolis, Annapolis is a public college with a small student population.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in CIS from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $135,200.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at UPenn take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,501. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in CIS from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $120,300.

While working on their bachelor's, CIS majors at Yale accumulate an average of around $10,819 in student debt.

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Our rankings recognize St Lawrence University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Canton, St. Lawrence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CIS graduates from St. Lawrence carry an average student debtload of $24,343.

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#3

Rice University

Houston, TX

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rice University. Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. CIS majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $111,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CIS graduates from Rice carry an average student debtload of $12,961. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $123.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Our rankings recognize Johns Hopkins University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in CIS from the school is $92,700.

On average, CIS graduates from Johns Hopkins take out $14,516 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $133.

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#5

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Wellesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Wellesley. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, CIS majors make an average salary of $88,600.

CIS majors at Wellesley take out an average of $10,230 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $97, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer information systems school. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor. CIS majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $86,900.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at U of Michigan take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,612. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $176.

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United States Military Academy landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer information systems school. Located in the town of West Point, West Point is a public college with a small student population.

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#7

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Swarthmore College comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Swarthmore is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Swarthmore. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in CIS from the school is $86,700.

On average, CIS graduates from Swarthmore take out $20,701 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $228.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer information systems school. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in CIS from the school is $85,800.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at University of Virginia take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,580. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $171, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Northeastern University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in CIS from the school is $85,800.

CIS majors at Northeastern take out an average of $25,082 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $291.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in CIS from the school is $85,800.

CIS majors at Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network take out an average of $25,082 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $291.

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#11

Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY

Hartwick College comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Hartwick is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Oneonta.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer information systems school. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Atlanta. Students who receive their bachelor's in CIS from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $85,000.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at Georgia Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,805. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $228.

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#12

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Our rankings recognize Virginia Tech as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, CIS majors make an average salary of $83,600.

While working on their bachelor's, CIS majors at Virginia Tech accumulate an average of around $22,410 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer information systems school. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

On average, CIS graduates from Carnegie Mellon take out $20,431 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our rankings recognize University of Notre Dame as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, CIS majors make an average salary of $80,000.

CIS majors at Notre Dame take out an average of $16,421 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $192.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, CIS majors make an average salary of $79,600.

On average, CIS graduates from Cornell take out $13,503 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $142.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer information systems school. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, CIS majors make an average salary of $76,700.

On average, CIS graduates from NYU take out $20,595 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $231.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Advancing Technology. Located in the medium-sized city of Tempe, University of Advancing Technology is a private for-profit school with a small student population. CIS majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $76,400.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CIS graduates from University of Advancing Technology carry an average student debtload of $32,729. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $319.

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The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population. CIS majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $76,200.

CIS majors at UT Austin take out an average of $21,659 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $213.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer information systems school. Located in the city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a fairly large student population. CIS majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $74,200.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CIS graduates from U of F carry an average student debtload of $18,296. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $191.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Computer Information Systems Graduates

#26

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#27

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#28

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#29

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD
#33

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#34

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#34

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#35

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
#37

Simpson College

Indianola, IA
#39

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ
#42

Union College New York

Schenectady, NY
#43

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#44

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Highest Paid Computer Information Systems Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 320 different United States computer information systems schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
44 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
45 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
46 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
46 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
47 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
47 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
48 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
50 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
51 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
52 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC
54 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
56 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
57 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
59 University of Denver Denver, CO
60 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
62 Barnard College New York, NY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Computer Information Systems Graduates award.

Rank College Location
49 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
50 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
51 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
52 University of Phoenix - Florida Orlando, FL
53 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
54 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
55 University of Phoenix - Hawaii Honolulu, HI
56 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
57 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
58 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA
59 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
60 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
61 Utah State University Logan, UT
62 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
63 Bentley University Waltham, MA
64 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
69 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
70 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
71 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
79 Trinity College Hartford, CT
82 Wartburg College Waverly, IA
86 Pace University - New York New York, NY

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One of 10 majors within the Computer & Information Sciences area of study, Computer Information Systems has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to CIS

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 31,737
Information Science 9,118
Information Technology 7,229
Computer Software & Applications 3,499
Computer Programming 1,560

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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