Computer & Information Sciences

2021 Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates

92,596 Bachelor's Degrees
$53,773 Avg Salary
$28,641 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer & Information Sciences School for You

Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences GraduatesWith 92,596 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, computer and information sciences is the #9 most popular major in 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 Computer & Information Sciences list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates ranking, we looked at 621 colleges that offer a bachelor's in computer and information sciences.

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 & Information Sciences Majors

The average computer and information sciences major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $53,773 per year during the early years of their career. This means that graduates with bachelor's degrees in this field make 35% more than the average college graduate salary of $39,802.

Average Salary for Computer & Information Sciences Graduates from Schools Nationwide  53,773
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Grads in the United States

Learn more about the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid computer and information sciences graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates

California Institute of Technology earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Pasadena.

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United States Naval Academy earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Annapolis, Annapolis is a public college with a small student population.

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#2

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

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

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer and information sciences school. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#6

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer and information sciences school. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer and information sciences school. Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Princeton.

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Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Harvey Mudd College comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Harvey Mudd College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Claremont.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population.

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#11

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer and information sciences school. Located in the city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#13

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Cornell University. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#14

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Our rankings recognize Dartmouth College as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#15

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer and information sciences school. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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St Lawrence University

Canton, NY

Our rankings recognize St Lawrence University as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Canton, St. Lawrence is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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Washington University in St Louis comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Our rankings recognize Johns Hopkins University as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

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#19

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

Our rankings recognize United States Air Force Academy as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the fringe town of USAF Academy, USAFA is a public school with a small student population.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population.

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Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

Wesleyan University earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Wesleyan U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Middletown.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates

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Tufts University

Medford, MA
#28

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
#29

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA
#31

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

#33

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

#36

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#37

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#39

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

#42

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

#43

University of Portland

Portland, OR
#44

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY
#45

Boston University

Boston, MA
#46

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#48

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#49

New York University

New York, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 621 different United States computer and information sciences schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
52 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
53 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
54 Seattle University Seattle, WA
55 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
56 DigiPen Institute of Technology Redmond, WA
57 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
58 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
59 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
60 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
61 University of Arizona-South Sierra Vista, AZ
62 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
63 Regis University Denver, CO
64 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
65 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
66 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
67 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
68 Carleton College Northfield, MN
69 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
70 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
71 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
72 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
73 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
74 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
75 Luther College Decorah, IA
76 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
77 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
78 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
79 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
80 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
81 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
82 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
83 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
84 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
85 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
86 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
87 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
88 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
89 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
90 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
91 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
92 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
93 Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, MA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
94 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
95 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
96 SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, NY
97 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI
98 Iowa State University Ames, IA
99 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
100 Simpson College Indianola, IA
101 Neumont College of Computer Science Salt Lake City, UT
102 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
103 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
104 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
105 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
106 Washington State University Pullman, WA
107 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
108 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
109 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
110 Baylor University Waco, TX
111 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
112 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
113 University of Delaware Newark, DE
114 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
115 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
116 University of Georgia Athens, GA
117 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
118 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
119 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
120 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
121 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
122 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
123 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
124 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO

Computer & Information Sciences by Region

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Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 36,674
Computer Science 31,737
Information Science 9,118
Information Technology 7,229
Computer Software & Applications 3,499

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 128,724
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 126,493
Physical Sciences 32,633
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 21,156

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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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