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    New Report Shows Computer Science Graduates Earning Top Salaries

    Posted by Cassie Peterson on Jun 26, 2014 1:36:33 PM

    Every year, PayScale, an online salary, benefits, and compensation information company, releases a College Salary Report with the median starting pay and median mid-career pay for the alumni from more than 1,000 schools. In the 2013-2014 report, engineering, math, science and technology fields dominated the list.

    They included:

    #6: Computer Engineering

    # 8: Computer Science

    #12: Software Engineering

    #18: Management Information Systems

    #24: Electrical Engineering Technology

    #25: Computer Information Systems

    #26: Information Systems

    #30: Information Technology

    PayScale also identified examines which colleges yielded the highest-paid graduates in each field of study. California topped the report among computer science graduates with all of the top five computer science schools. Among these graduates, University of California, Berkeley, was number one with a median mid-career salary of $141,400.

    PayScale based its rankings on a survey of 1.4 million full-time employees in the United States who also only had a bachelor’s degree—no post-graduate education. Here are the top 10:

    1. University of California, Berkeley
    Starting pay: $82,000
    Mid-career pay: $141,400

    2. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly)
    Starting pay: $67,000
    Mid-career pay: $125,000

    3. University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
    Starting pay: $68,000
    Mid-career pay: $120,200

    4. Stanford University (tie)
    Starting pay: $90,000
    Mid-career pay: $120,000

    4. University of California, Irvine (UCI) (tie)
    Starting pay: $64,200
    Mid-career pay: $120,000

    6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Starting pay: $82,400
    Mid-career pay: $117,500

    7. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
    Starting pay: $66,700
    Mid-career pay: $117,000

    8. Cornell University
    Starting pay: $70,000
    Mid-career pay: $116,500

    9. University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
    Starting pay: $70,000
    Mid-career pay: $115,000

    10. Rutgers University - New Brunswick
    Starting pay: $63,000
    Mid-career pay: $114,500

    With computer science education offering such promising career prospects, Jones & Bartlett Learning provides a wide-selection of computer science texts that improve learning outcomes and provide career readiness. For more information or to view our Computer Science texts, visit

    Topics: Computer Science, higher education, College Salary Report, Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems, PayScale, Software Engineering, University of California- Berkeley

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