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2021 Highest Paid Information Technology Graduates

7,229 Bachelor's Degrees
$48,771 Avg Salary
$32,098 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Information Technology School for You

Highest Paid Information Technology GraduatesInformation Technology is the #63 most popular major in the country with 7,229 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 IT list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Information Technology Graduates ranking, we looked at 58 colleges that offer a bachelor's in IT.

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 Information Technology Majors After Graduation

The average information technology major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $48,771 per year during the early years of their career. This is 23% higher than the average college graduate, who only makes around $39,802 a year.

Average Salary for IT Graduates from Schools Nationwide  48,771
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Information Technology Grads in United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid IT graduates.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid IT Graduates

Rochester Institute of Technology earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, IT majors make an average salary of $83,600.

The average amount in student loans that IT majors at RIT take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,811. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid information technology school. Capella University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, IT majors make an average salary of $77,500.

While working on their bachelor's, IT majors at Capella University accumulate an average of around $36,523 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $379.

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Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Penn State Brandywine is a fairly small public school located in the large suburb of Media. IT majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $65,000.

IT majors at Penn State Brandywine take out an average of $25,320 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Penn State World Campus is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of University Park. IT majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $65,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, IT graduates from Penn State World Campus carry an average student debtload of $25,320. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Middletown, Penn State Harrisburg is a public school with a small student population. IT majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $65,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, IT graduates from Penn State Harrisburg carry an average student debtload of $25,320. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pennsylvania State University - Berks landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid information technology school. Penn State Berks is a small public school located in the large suburb of Reading. IT majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $65,000.

On average, IT graduates from Penn State Berks take out $25,320 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pennsylvania State University - Altoona landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid information technology school. Located in the small city of Altoona, Penn State Altoona is a public school with a small student population. IT majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $65,000.

The average amount in student loans that IT majors at Penn State Altoona take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,320. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Pennsylvania State University - University Park as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park. IT majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $65,000.

The average amount in student loans that IT majors at Penn State University Park take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,320. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Drexel University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in IT from the school is $64,500.

The average amount in student loans that IT majors at Drexel take out while working on their bachelor's is $29,342. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

Our rankings recognize Kennesaw State University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Kennesaw, KSU Georgia is a public school with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in IT from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $63,500.

While working on their bachelor's, IT majors at KSU Georgia accumulate an average of around $29,620 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $308.

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Information Technology by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
The Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 36,674
Computer Science 31,737
Information Science 9,118
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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Craig Dennis.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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