2021 Highest Paid Computer Science Graduates

31,737 Bachelor's Degrees
$66,348 Avg Salary
$22,937 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Science School for You

Highest Paid Computer Science GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, computer science was ranked #18. In fact, 31,737 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. The compsci school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid CompSci Graduates.

For this year's Highest Paid Computer Science Graduates ranking, we looked at 217 colleges that offer a bachelor's in compsci.

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 Science Majors After Graduation

After graduating, computer science majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $66,348 per year. This is 67% higher than the average college graduate, who only makes around $39,802 a year.

Average Salary for CompSci Graduates from Schools Nationwide  66,348
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132,600
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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132,600

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2021 Highest Paid Computer Science Grads in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid computer science majors.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid CompSci Graduates

#1

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence. Students who receive their bachelor's in compsci from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $141,100.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Brown take out while working on their bachelor's is $12,972. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $134.

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#2

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer science school. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. CompSci majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $138,900.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Carnegie Mellon take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,007. 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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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. CompSci majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $128,900.

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United States Naval Academy earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Annapolis, Annapolis is a public school with a small student population.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer science school. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford. CompSci majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $126,400.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Stanford take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,013. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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#5

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Harvey Mudd College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer science school. Harvey Mudd College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Claremont. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, compsci majors make an average salary of $124,500.

CompSci majors at Harvey Mudd College take out an average of $20,955 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $250, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the #6 school in this year's rankings. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge. CompSci majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $118,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, compsci graduates from MIT carry an average student debtload of $13,372. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $128, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer science school. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in compsci from the school is $116,300.

CompSci majors at Cornell take out an average of $13,134 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 $140.

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University of California - Berkeley earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, compsci majors make an average salary of $114,800.

CompSci majors at UC Berkeley take out an average of $14,249 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 $139.

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#9

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in compsci from the school is $109,200.

CompSci majors at UPenn take out an average of $17,916 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in compsci from the school is $107,800.

CompSci majors at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology take out an average of $21,225 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 $259.

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#11

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Dartmouth College. Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in compsci from the school is $100,500.

On average, compsci graduates from Dartmouth take out $13,117 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $127, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. CompSci majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $99,600.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Duke take out while working on their bachelor's is $9,795. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $82.

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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Vanderbilt University. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in compsci from the school is $97,800.

While working on their bachelor's, compsci majors at Vanderbilt accumulate an average of around $13,704 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $125.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in compsci from the school is $96,400.

On average, compsci graduates from Columbia take out $18,214 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 $156.

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Our rankings recognize California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Washington University in St Louis landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer science school. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis. CompSci majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $96,200.

While working on their bachelor's, compsci majors at WUSTL accumulate an average of around $14,442 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $141.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in compsci from the school is $92,200.

On average, compsci graduates from UIUC take out $18,818 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer science school. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Seattle. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, compsci majors make an average salary of $92,000.

On average, compsci graduates from UW Seattle take out $15,680 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 $162.

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Our rankings recognize University of Washington - Bothell Campus as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Bothell, UW Bothell is a public school with a medium-sized student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, compsci majors make an average salary of $92,000.

CompSci majors at UW Bothell take out an average of $15,680 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 $162.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer science school. RPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy. CompSci majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $91,900.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at RPI take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,034. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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#20

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

Our rankings recognize United States Air Force Academy as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the fringe town of USAF Academy, USAFA is a public school with a small student population.

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#20

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Williams College. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Williamstown. CompSci majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $91,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, compsci graduates from Williams carry an average student debtload of $13,600. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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#21

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin College earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Brunswick, Bowdoin is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. CompSci majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $88,700.

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#22

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer science school. Located in the distant town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their bachelor's, compsci majors at Colgate accumulate an average of around $12,362 in student debt.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Computer Science Graduates

#28

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#29

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#31

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#32

University of Portland

Portland, OR

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 Science Graduates award.

Rank College Location
33 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
34 Boston University Boston, MA
35 Portland State University Portland, OR
36 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
37 Georgetown University Washington, DC
38 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
39 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
40 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
41 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
42 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
43 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA

Computer Science by Region

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New England
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Southwest
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One of 10 majors within the Computer & Information Sciences area of study, Computer Science has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to CompSci

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 36,674
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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