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2021 Highest Paid Computer Software & Applications Graduates

3,499 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,645 Avg Salary
$35,555 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Software & Applications School for You

Highest Paid Computer Software & Applications GraduatesComputer Software & Applications is the #97 most popular major in the country with 3,499 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. 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 Computer Software list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Computer Software & Applications Graduates ranking, we looked at 49 colleges that offer a bachelor's in computer software.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when 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 Software & Applications Majors

The average computer software and applications major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $36,645 per year during the early years of their career. Unfortunately, that is 8% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

Average Salary for Computer Software Graduates from Schools Nationwide  36,645
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73,200
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Computer Software & Applications Grads in the United States

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Top 11 Best Schools for Highly Paid Computer Software Graduates

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Southern California. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Computer Software majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $91,500.

Computer Software majors at USC take out an average of $20,064 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $208, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Our rankings recognize Santa Clara University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Computer Software majors at SCU take out an average of $20,366 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Our rankings recognize Neumont College of Computer Science as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Salt Lake City, Neumont is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population. Computer Software majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $71,900.

The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at Neumont take out while working on their bachelor's is $30,280. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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Tulane University of Louisiana comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of New Orleans, Tulane is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Our rankings recognize Rochester Institute of Technology as the #3 school in this year's rankings. RIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rochester. Computer Software majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $62,000.

The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at RIT take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,077. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to DePaul University. DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

Computer Software majors at DePaul take out an average of $24,446 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 $239.

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Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Our rankings recognize Champlain College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Champlain is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Burlington. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in computer software from the school is $56,300.

The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at Champlain take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,497. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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Our rankings recognize Pace University - New York as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of New York, Pace University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Brigham Young University - Idaho landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer software and applications school. BYU - I is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the town of Rexburg. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in computer software from the school is $49,300.

While working on their bachelor's, computer software majors at BYU - I accumulate an average of around $15,944 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 $114.

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Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Marist is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Poughkeepsie.

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University of Phoenix - Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Phoenix - Utah earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City, UOPX - Utah is a private for-profit school with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, computer software majors make an average salary of $47,200.

On average, computer software graduates from UOPX - Utah take out $38,711 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 $390.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Computer Software students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Computer Software & Applications Graduates award.

Rank College Location
7 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
7 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
8 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
8 CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
9 University of Phoenix - Nevada Las Vegas, NV
10 Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA
11 SAE Expression College Emeryville, CA
12 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI

Computer Software & Applications by Region

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Computer Software & Applications is one of 10 different types of Computer & Information Sciences programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 36,674
Computer Science 31,737
Information Science 9,118
Information Technology 7,229
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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