Best Schools For Computer Science Majors by Salary Potential

Earn a computer science degree from a school with the highest-paid graduates. Learn more about the best universities for earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science studies by salary.

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Rank 
School Name 
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
1$105,900$178,600

1Stanford University
Early Career Pay$105,900
Mid-Career Pay$178,600
2$98,300$175,200

2Harvey Mudd College
Early Career Pay$98,300
Mid-Career Pay$175,200
3$97,200$166,600

3Princeton University
Early Career Pay$97,200
Mid-Career Pay$166,600
4$100,100$164,800

4Dartmouth College
Early Career Pay$100,100
Mid-Career Pay$164,800
5$102,800$160,700

5University of California-Berkeley
Early Career Pay$102,800
Mid-Career Pay$160,700
6$85,300$159,200

6Duke University
Early Career Pay$85,300
Mid-Career Pay$159,200
7$90,400$158,900

7Columbia University in the City of New York
Early Career Pay$90,400
Mid-Career Pay$158,900
8$95,400$158,800

8Carnegie Mellon University
Early Career Pay$95,400
Mid-Career Pay$158,800
9$93,300$157,500

9University of Pennsylvania
Early Career Pay$93,300
Mid-Career Pay$157,500
9$77,800$157,500

9United States Naval Academy
Early Career Pay$77,800
Mid-Career Pay$157,500
11$94,800$157,400

11Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Early Career Pay$94,800
Mid-Career Pay$157,400
12$98,800$156,100

12California Institute of Technology
Early Career Pay$98,800
Mid-Career Pay$156,100
13$101,800$155,400

13Yale University
Early Career Pay$101,800
Mid-Career Pay$155,400
14$80,200$153,300

14Colgate University
Early Career Pay$80,200
Mid-Career Pay$153,300
15$89,200$153,000

15Harvard University
Early Career Pay$89,200
Mid-Career Pay$153,000
16$89,900$151,700

16Cornell University
Early Career Pay$89,900
Mid-Career Pay$151,700
17$92,800$151,200

17Brown University
Early Career Pay$92,800
Mid-Career Pay$151,200
17$82,100$151,200

17University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Early Career Pay$82,100
Mid-Career Pay$151,200
19$82,900$149,400

19Catholic University of America
Early Career Pay$82,900
Mid-Career Pay$149,400
20$88,100$149,200

20Rice University
Early Career Pay$88,100
Mid-Career Pay$149,200
21$83,800$148,500

21Lehigh University
Early Career Pay$83,800
Mid-Career Pay$148,500
22$77,100$148,200

22Brandeis University
Early Career Pay$77,100
Mid-Career Pay$148,200
23$78,000$147,900

23United States Military Academy
Early Career Pay$78,000
Mid-Career Pay$147,900
24$87,200$147,300

24University of California-San Diego
Early Career Pay$87,200
Mid-Career Pay$147,300
25$83,200$146,800

25University of California-Santa Barbara
Early Career Pay$83,200
Mid-Career Pay$146,800
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Studying computer science means that you are going to enter one of the most highly paid and fastest-growing job types of the modern economy. But if you are going into a field with the expectation that you’ll be well paid, why not get your education at a school with some of the highest-earning alumni? Use PayScale’s College Salary Report to find out how alumni from the school of your choice do financially after graduation. There are scores of colleges and universities included in the PayScale College Salary Report’s list of Best Schools for Computer Science Majors.

Many of the highest-earning computer science majors come from notable engineering schools, like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University and Lehigh. You probably recognize a number of the famous names who earned degrees in computer science: Reed Hastings (founder of LinkedIn), Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo!) and Google co-founder Larry Page (who didn’t actually complete a degree, but studied computer science at Stanford).


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