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2021 Highest Paid Computer Programming Graduates

1,560 Bachelor's Degrees
$51,327 Avg Salary
$35,359 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Programming School for You

Highest Paid Computer Programming GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 1,560 people earned their bachelor's in computer programming, making the major the #143 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 Programming list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Computer Programming Graduates ranking, we looked at 24 colleges that offer a bachelor's in programming.

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.

Comparing Average Salaries of Computer Programming Majors

After graduating, computer programming majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $51,327 per year. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 29% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

Average Salary for Programming Graduates from Schools Nationwide  51,327
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Computer Programming Grads in United States

Learn more about the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid programming graduates.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Programming Graduates

University of Michigan - Dearborn earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Dearborn, UM Dearborn is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Programming majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $75,800.

Programming majors at UM Dearborn take out an average of $27,342 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 $256.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Neumont College of Computer Science. Neumont is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Salt Lake City. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, programming majors make an average salary of $75,300.

On average, programming graduates from Neumont take out $31,697 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 $321.

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DigiPen Institute of Technology earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Digipen is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Redmond. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in programming from the school is $74,500.

While working on their bachelor's, programming majors at Digipen accumulate an average of around $31,419 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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New England Institute of Technology earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. New England Tech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of East Greenwich. Programming majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $65,000.

On average, programming graduates from New England Tech take out $35,303 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 $400.

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Baker College

Flint, MI

Baker College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Flint, Baker College is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in programming from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $53,900.

On average, programming graduates from Baker College take out $39,260 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $387, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Advancing Technology comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Tempe, University of Advancing Technology is a private for-profit school with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in programming from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $53,300.

Programming majors at University of Advancing Technology take out an average of $34,605 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 $346.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Programming majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $52,400.

On average, programming graduates from DePaul take out $24,278 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 $261.

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Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

Our rankings recognize Full Sail University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Full Sail University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the suburb of Winter Park. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, programming majors make an average salary of $51,400.

The average amount in student loans that programming majors at Full Sail University take out while working on their bachelor's is $30,387. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $292.

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University of Phoenix - Arizona landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer programming school. UOPX - Arizona is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Tempe. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in programming from the school is $51,300.

The average amount in student loans that programming majors at UOPX - Arizona take out while working on their bachelor's is $39,207. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $402, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Phoenix - California earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Costa Mesa, UOPX - California is a private for-profit school with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in programming from the school is $51,300.

While working on their bachelor's, programming majors at UOPX - California accumulate an average of around $39,207 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $402, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Computer Programming by Region

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 36,674
Computer Science 31,737
Information Science 9,118
Information Technology 7,229
Computer Software & Applications 3,499

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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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