Top 20 colleges for computer science majors, based on earning potential

The Golden State dominates PayScale’s ranking of the top computer science schools

Among computer science grads, alumni from University of California, Berkeley, led the pack with a median mid-career salary of $141,400, PayScale says.

California is home to the top five computer science schools in the U.S., according to a new salary-centric report from PayScale.

The research company ranked 129 college majors based on the median pay for alumni from 1,016 schools (see related story, Computer science major ranks No. 8 for salary earning potential).

In addition to ranking the most lucrative majors, PayScale also analyzed which schools produce the highest-paid graduates in each field of study. Among computer science graduates, alumni from University of California, Berkeley, led the pack with a median mid-career salary of $141,400, PayScale said. The Golden State is also home to the next four universities in the computer-science rankings.

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To come up with its rankings, PayScale surveyed 1.4 million civilian employees working full-time in the U.S. Only employees who possess a bachelor’s degree and no higher degrees are included in PayScale’s College Salary Report. The rankings are based on the median mid-career earnings of graduates.

Best Schools for Computer Science Majors

Source: PayScale

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

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