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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 GraduatesComputer & Information Sciences is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 9th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 92,596 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major. 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.

This year's Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates ranking analyzed 621 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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.

Salaries of Computer & Information Sciences Majors After Graduation

After graduation, computer and information sciences majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $53,773 per year. This is 35% higher than the average college graduate, who only makes around $39,802 a year.

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 United States

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid computer and information sciences majors.

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 midsize 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 midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very 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 school with a fairly large student population.

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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 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 city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college 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 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 school with a fairly large student population.

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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 college with a medium-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 college with a small student population.

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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 school with a fairly large student population.

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Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Our rankings recognize Dartmouth College as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-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 school 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 school with a 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 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 very large private not-for-profit school located in the large 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 town of USAF Academy, USAFA is a public college with a small student population.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer and information sciences school. 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 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
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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
#29

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA
#29

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA
#30

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#31

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#33

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#36

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#37

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
#37

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#39

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#40

Denison University

Granville, OH
#42

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#43

Pomona College

Claremont, CA
#43

University of Portland

Portland, OR

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest 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
44 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
44 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
45 Boston University Boston, MA
46 Portland State University Portland, OR
47 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
48 Georgetown University Washington, DC
49 Providence College Providence, RI
49 New York University New York, NY
50 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
50 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
51 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
52 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
52 George Washington University Washington, DC
53 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
54 Seattle University Seattle, WA
55 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
55 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
56 DigiPen Institute of Technology Redmond, WA
57 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
58 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
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 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
63 Regis University Denver, CO
64 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Socorro, NM
64 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
65 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
65 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
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 Allegheny College Meadville, PA
72 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
73 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
73 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
74 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
75 Luther College Decorah, IA
76 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
76 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
77 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
77 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
78 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
78 Connecticut College New London, CT
79 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
80 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
80 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
81 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
82 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
83 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
83 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
84 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
84 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
85 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
85 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
86 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
86 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
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
96 Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
100 Lafayette College Easton, PA
102 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
103 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
107 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
108 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
111 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
115 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
118 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
121 Willamette University Salem, OR

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
126 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
127 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
130 Assumption University Worcester, MA
131 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
133 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
134 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
136 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
141 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
142 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
144 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
146 Hartwick College Oneonta, NY
147 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
149 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
150 Linfield College - McMinnville Campus McMinnville, OR
155 Barnard College New York, NY
157 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
160 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
162 Austin College Sherman, TX
163 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
164 Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX

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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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