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2021 Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates in California

8,752 Bachelor's Degrees
$58,384 Avg Salary
$25,092 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates in CaliforniaComputer & Information Sciences is one of the most popular subjects to study in California. With 8,752 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 9th out of all the majors we track. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 9.5% of all the computer and information sciences bachelor's degrees in the country. 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 in California ranking analyzed 40 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 California earn an average salary of $58,384 per year. This is 47% higher than the average college graduate, who only makes around $39,802 a year.

Looking at computer and information sciences schools across the country, we see that the nationwide average salary for graduates in this field is $53,773. This means that graduates from schools in California make 9% more than the national average.

Average Salary for Computer & Information Sciences Graduates from Schools in California  58,384
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116,800
Average Salary for Computer & Information Sciences Graduates from Schools Nationwide  53,773
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116,800
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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116,800

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2021 Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Grads in California

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

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates in California

California Institute of Technology landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer and information sciences school. Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pasadena.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University landed the #2 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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Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Harvey Mudd College earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Harvey Mudd College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Claremont.

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University of California - Berkeley earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population.

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University of Southern California earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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University of California - San Diego landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid computer and information sciences school. UCSD is a fairly large public school located in the large city of La Jolla.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population.

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University of California - Santa Barbara comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a very large student population.

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Our rankings recognize San Jose State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a very large student population.

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Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

Sonoma State University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Rohnert Park, SSU is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Washington 34 2,714
Hawaii 30 184
Oregon 30 1,124
Alaska 29 44
Nevada 29 226

Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 6,921
Computer Information Systems 1,152
Computer Software & Applications 338
Information Technology 169
Computer Systems Networking 68

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 14,696
Engineering 14,467
Mathematics & Statistics 4,654
Physical Sciences 3,889
Natural Resources & Conservation 3,172

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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 Almonroth.

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