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10 Highest Paying Computer Science Programs

Computer science majors from these 10 schools can expect to earn the most by the time they reach the middle of their careers, according to data from Payscale.com. See how your salary stacks up.
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8/28/2015 | 3:49:44 PM
Re: Never wanted to be a scientist
@impactnow- Given the low IT unemployment rate, I suspect placement rates are inflated even at schools that produce bad graduates. I'd like ot think that the salary rates are the best long term indicator of quality we have though I know those numbers are skewed by a lot of outside factors.
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8/28/2015 | 2:58:13 PM
Re: Never wanted to be a scientist
Very interesting results . I am surprised some other top programs did not make it to the list. I think it would also be very interesting to see the placement stats for graduates from the schools,since people are investing small fortunes in their college education . If graduation placement is not high , then salaries are somewhat skewed in light of lifetime earnings.
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8/28/2015 | 2:27:50 PM
Re: Never wanted to be a scientist
@ddurbin1- Oh the old west coast-east coast battle. Next we'll be talking about Biggie vs Tupac. :)
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8/28/2015 | 2:26:07 PM
Re: Biased by cost of living
@erlrodd1- It is true, but that data is hard to factor in. You are right that the reason California dominates the list is the cost of living. That's why I found University of Delaware such a big surprise on the last. 

At the same time, California not only has a high cost of living it also has silicon valley which means I demand for jobs. Obviously, high paying jobs are going to be where the tech centers are which is why it isn't  asuprise that there are east cost schools, too.

The factors are hard to pin down easily. But the fact that a school like U of Delaware clearly has kids that go all around the country to earn more money but top schools like Wisconsin or North Carolina or Michigan don't says somehting about the program, doesn't it?
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8/28/2015 | 2:22:05 PM
Re: Never wanted to be a scientist
@DDurbin1- Right, I agree that business teaching is pretty lacking in computer science programs. I'm currently working on an article about innovative IT programs and one of the areas I'm focusing on is how to combine business and IT knowledge.
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