Where the Computer Science Jobs Are

Susan Hall

The number of students studying computer science is on the upswing — and why not, with starting salaries of $91,500 at Microsoft, $88,900 at Salesforce.com, $87,500 at Google and $78,100 at Oracle, according to PayScale.

They’re far from the only employers for computer science grads, though. Job aggregator Indeed.com puts the average salary for computer science grads at $88,909.

While there are few surprises in its list of top 10 cities for jobs — defense contractors are hiring in No. 1 Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley, New York and San Francisco are hot — its list of the biggest employers of computer science grads is interesting:

  1. CSC
  2. AppLabs
  3. General Dynamics
  4. Microsoft
  5. Deloitte
  6. Amazon
  7. Man Tech Int’l Corp.
  8. Raytheon
  9. HP
  10. Northrop Grumman
  11. Intel
  12. SAIC
  13. Ernst & Young
  14. Dell
  15. Oracle

And these are the most in-demand job titles, with average salary across all experience ranges:

  1. Software engineer -- $93,000
  2. Systems engineer -- $91,000
  3. Software developer -- $89,000
  4. Java developer -- $98,000
  5. Business analyst -- $84,000
  6. .NET developer -- $91,000
  7. Web developer -- $82,000
  8. Systems administrator -- $77,000
  9. Project manager -- $93,000
  10. Network engineer -- $91,000

Online financial adviser Wealthfront, meanwhile, has released a cool interactive salary tool showing what various tech jobs pay across the country, CNET points out. It’s based on surveys of 8,362 employees at 135 private companies, ranging in size from six employees to more than 100. It puts the mean for software architects at $183,000 a year plus equity, compared with $163,000 plus stock for managers. Presenting salaries visually, its representation comparing the overall picture with that of the central/Midwest area is certainly an eye-opener.

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Sep 22, 2012 6:29 PM hoapres hoapres  says:
Not likely. Microsoft when surveyed about salaries puts in health and benefit. Microsoft doesn't use "salary" but says "total compensation". So that $91,500 "salary" being "total compensation" translates into a REAL salary of about $65,000 AND Midlevel Google engineers don't make $160K+ a year and Google doesn't have many midlevel engineers. Once you are over 40 then you are not likely to be working at Google in the first place. AND If you are NOT a graduate of a TOP 10 school then you won't be working for ANY of the companies in the article. Reply
Sep 24, 2012 11:03 PM Joseph Joseph  says:
CSC and AppLabs are the same company. AppLabs does testing. Oh, and no on starts at CSC making 90k a year. Starting salaries are around 45k for US workers and 30k for H-1bs. Reply
Sep 25, 2012 8:24 PM carsonkelly carsonkelly  says:
I think it is safe to say that salary data is all relative especially when it is coming from a non government source. It is useful but shouldn't be used to make a career choice future demand and overall interest in the subject are much more likely to result in a long term, rewarding career. Reply

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