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  • Computer Science Grads Projected To Be Top-Paid in Major

    March 09, 2020 | By NACE Staff

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    Computer science majors are projected to have the highest starting salary among Class of 2020 graduates earning bachelor’s degrees in the computer sciences discipline, according to NACE’s Winter 2020 Salary Survey.

    At this early juncture in the salary-reporting cycle for the Class of 2020, computer science majors have a projected average salary of $68,668. At $67,638, the projected starting salary for software applications graduates follows closely, while information sciences and systems majors are expected to earn $65,690. (See Figure 1.)

    The Winter 2020 Salary Survey report contains annual salary projections for Class of 2020 college graduates. The figures reported are for base salaries only and do not include bonuses, commissions, fringe benefits, or overtime rates. The report provides the detailed salary projections by academic major and degree level, along with breakouts by both industry and geographic region. Data contained in the report were obtained by surveying NACE employer members from September 16, 2019, through December 2, 2019. A total of 134 surveys were returned—a 14.3 percent response rate. The Winter 2020 Salary Survey report is available to members in MyNACE. An executive summary report is available at

    Figure 1: Projected Top-Paid Class of 2020 Computer Sciences Majors at the Bachelor’s-Degree Level*

    Major Average Projected Starting Salary
    Computer science $68,668
    Software applications $67,638
    Information sciences and systems $65,690
    Source: Winter 2020 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers.