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2021 Highest Paid Information Technology Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

555 Bachelor's Degrees
$47,288 Avg Salary
$35,613 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Information Technology Graduates in the Great Lakes RegionInformation Technology is the #63 most popular major in the country with 7,229 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 555 went to students in the Great Lakes region of 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 IT list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Information Technology Graduates in the Great Lakes Region ranking looked at 9 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.

How Much Do Information Technology Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduation, information technology majors from schools in the Great Lakes Region earn an average salary of $47,288 per year. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 19% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

This salary is in the same ballpark as the national average of $48,771 for those students who obtain a bachelor's degree in IT.

Average Salary for IT Graduates from Schools in the Great Lakes Region  47,288
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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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94,600

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2021 Highest Paid Information Technology Grads in the Great Lakes Region

The following colleges produce the highest paid IT graduates.

Best Schools for Highly Paid IT Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

Our rankings recognize Michigan Technological University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Michigan Tech is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Houghton. Students who receive their bachelor's in IT from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $63,500.

The average amount in student loans that IT majors at Michigan Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,100. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $285.

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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the town of Big Rapids. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, IT majors make an average salary of $50,500.

IT majors at Ferris take out an average of $23,512 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $236, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Baker College

Flint, MI

Our rankings recognize Baker College as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Flint, Baker College is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, IT majors make an average salary of $48,400.

The average amount in student loans that IT majors at Baker College take out while working on their bachelor's is $34,137. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $373, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rasmussen College - Illinois comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Rockford, Rasmussen College - Illinois is a private for-profit school with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in IT from the school is $47,500.

While working on their bachelor's, IT majors at Rasmussen College - Illinois accumulate an average of around $38,424 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 $430.

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Rasmussen College - Wisconsin earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay, Rasmussen College - Wisconsin is a private for-profit college with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in IT from the school is $47,500.

On average, IT graduates from Rasmussen College - Wisconsin take out $38,424 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 $430.

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Davenport University

Grand Rapids, MI

Our rankings recognize Davenport University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Davenport University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Grand Rapids. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in IT from the school is $46,400.

IT majors at Davenport University take out an average of $26,840 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 $272.

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Herzing University - Akron earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Akron, Herzing Akron is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population. IT majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $45,500.

The average amount in student loans that IT majors at Herzing Akron take out while working on their bachelor's is $33,086. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $378.

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Our rankings recognize Herzing University - Madison as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Herzing University - Madison is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Madison. IT majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $45,500.

On average, IT graduates from Herzing University - Madison take out $33,086 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 $378.

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Herzing University - Kenosha earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Herzing University - Kenosha is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Kenosha. IT majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $45,500.

IT majors at Herzing University - Kenosha take out an average of $33,086 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 $378.

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Best Information Technology Colleges by State

Explore the best information technology schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 255 236
Ohio 246 136
Illinois 231 100
Indiana 227 50
Wisconsin 209 33

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 5,571
Computer Science 3,944
Information Science 864
Computer Software & Applications 495
Computer Systems Analysis 399

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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.

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