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2021 Highest Paid Computer Software & Applications Graduates in California

338 Bachelor's Degrees
$39,836 Avg Salary
$38,158 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Computer Software & Applications Graduates in CaliforniaIn 2018-2019, 338 bachelor's degrees were awarded to computer software and applications students who went to a California college or university. This makes it the #91 most popular major in the state. This means that 9.7% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Computer Software Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

For this year's Highest Paid Computer Software & Applications Graduates in California ranking, we looked at 5 colleges that offer a bachelor's in computer software.

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 Software & Applications Majors

The average computer software and applications major who graduates from a school in California earns about $39,836 per year during the early years of their career. That's right on par with the typical salary of a bachelor's degree holder with a degree from any field.

If you compare this average salary to that of other schools, it's quite good. In fact, it is 9% higher than the national average of $36,645 per year for computer software graduates.

Average Salary for Computer Software Graduates from Schools in California  39,836
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79,600
Average Salary for Computer Software Graduates from Schools Nationwide  36,645
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79,600
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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79,600

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2021 Highest Paid Computer Software & Applications Grads in California

The following colleges produce the highest paid computer software graduates.

Best Schools for Highly Paid Computer Software Graduates in California

#1

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. SCU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Santa Clara.

On average, computer software graduates from SCU take out $20,366 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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University of Southern California comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in computer software from the school is $91,500.

On average, computer software graduates from USC take out $20,064 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 $208.

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University of Phoenix - California landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer software and applications school. Located in the midsize city of Costa Mesa, UOPX - California is a private for-profit school with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in computer software from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $47,200.

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

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Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

Academy of Art University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer software and applications school. Academy of Art University is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco. Students who receive their bachelor's in computer software from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $46,500.

On average, computer software graduates from Academy of Art University take out $37,461 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $391, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

SAE Expression College

Emeryville, CA

SAE Expression College landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer software and applications school. SAE Expression College is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Emeryville. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in computer software from the school is $44,000.

While working on their bachelor's, computer software majors at SAE Expression College accumulate an average of around $32,933 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $302.

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DeVry University - California comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. DeVry University - California is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Pomona. Students who receive their bachelor's in computer software from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $28,800.

The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at DeVry University - California take out while working on their bachelor's is $41,803. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $451.

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Best Computer Software & Applications Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Computer Software & Applications Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Washington 229 142
Oregon 178 0
Nevada 117 1
Hawaii 115 0

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 6,921
Computer Information Systems 1,152
Information Technology 169
Computer Systems Networking 68
Computer Systems Analysis 49

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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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