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2021 Highest Paid Information Technology Graduates in the Plains States Region

699 Bachelor's Degrees
$52,133 Avg Salary
$32,551 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Information Technology Graduates in the Plains States RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, information technology was ranked #63 in the country. In fact 7,229 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 699 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid IT Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

This year's Highest Paid Information Technology Graduates in the Plains States Region ranking looked at 8 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.

Comparing Average Salaries of Information Technology Majors

The average information technology major who graduates from a school in the Plains States Region earns about $52,133 per year during the early years of their career. This means that graduates with bachelor's degrees in this field make 31% more than the average college graduate salary of $39,802.

If you compare this average salary to that of other schools, it's quite good. In fact, it is 7% higher than the national average of $48,771 per year for IT graduates.

Average Salary for IT Graduates from Schools in the Plains States Region  52,133
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104,200
Average Salary for IT Graduates from Schools Nationwide  48,771
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104,200
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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104,200

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2021 Highest Paid Information Technology Grads in the Plains States Region

The highest paid IT majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Best Schools for Highly Paid IT Graduates in the Plains States Region

#1

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Capella University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis. IT majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school 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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Metropolitan State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid information technology school. Metropolitan State University is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Saint Paul. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in IT from the school is $55,300.

On average, IT graduates from Metropolitan State University take out $26,672 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#3

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

Our rankings recognize Bellevue University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Bellevue University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Bellevue. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in IT from the school is $50,700.

After completing their bachelor's degree, IT graduates from Bellevue University carry an average student debtload of $23,546. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $243.

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Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Dakota State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Dakota State is a small public school located in the town of Madison. IT majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $49,100.

IT majors at Dakota State take out an average of $25,827 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Missouri State University - Springfield as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Springfield, Missouri State is a public school with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in IT from the school is $48,000.

While working on their bachelor's, IT majors at Missouri State accumulate an average of around $32,588 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $306.

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Our rankings recognize Rasmussen College-Kansas as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the rural area of Topeka, Rasmussen College-Kansas is a private for-profit school with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in IT from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $47,500.

While working on their bachelor's, IT majors at Rasmussen College-Kansas accumulate an average of around $38,424 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $430.

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Rasmussen College - Minnesota landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid information technology school. Rasmussen College - Minnesota is a small private for-profit school located in the small city of St. Cloud. Students who receive their bachelor's in IT from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $47,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, IT graduates from Rasmussen College - Minnesota carry an average student debtload of $38,424. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $430.

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Rasmussen College - North Dakota earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Fargo, Rasmussen College - North Dakota is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in IT from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $47,500.

While working on their bachelor's, IT majors at Rasmussen College - North Dakota accumulate an average of around $38,424 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $430.

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Best Information Technology Colleges by State

Explore the best information technology colleges for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Missouri 217 158
Minnesota 210 233
Iowa 193 9
Kansas 175 49
Nebraska 174 163
South Dakota 142 76
North Dakota 141 3

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

Majors Similar to IT

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 2,404
Computer Science 2,143
Information Science 423
Computer Systems Analysis 206
Computer Programming 115

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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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