Fact of the Week: Computer Science Graduates From 11 Universities Make Median Starting Salaries Over $100,000

Caleb Foote February 18, 2020
February 18, 2020

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Source:2020 Best Colleges for Earning Potential,” GradReports, accessed February 14, 2020.

Commentary: With the cost of a degree from a top university increasing steadily, it is more important than ever for prospective students to understand their earnings prospects after graduation. A new college ranking system allows for just that, ranking the universities with the highest median starting salaries across 40 different majors and identifying 20 college degree programs that have median starting salaries above $100,000.

Examining these programs reveals that demand for computer science majors still far outstrips the supply of graduates (11 of the 20 programs in the ranking are in computer science). It also shows that attending an expensive university is not necessarily the ticket for achieving high future earnings. In fact, 4 of the 20 programs with these high starting salaries are in universities with tuitions below $20,000.