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How much can one expect to make in Computer Science...?

naokifreshnaokifresh Posts: 222Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2011 in Engineering Majors
With a BS Computer Science,

from a university under the 'Greenes' Guide' and Great Lakes & Midwest section here:
Public Ivy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

how much can one except in an entry-level Software Engineering position to make as a salary, and if they graduate mid year (January) instead of June when most people do

I've heard a lot of numbers but what can one really expect?

Let's say you also have 2-3 months of 1 co-op or internship experience somewhere, a career skills and practice course while on study abroad, and fluency in English and native Russian, and also have learned Japanese and German language (proficiency)
gpa that is 3.5+
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Replies to: How much can one expect to make in Computer Science...?

  • BigAarstBigAarst Posts: 101Registered User Junior Member
    Same as all the other BS in CS graduates - $60k per year.

    And if they try to offer you $50k to $55k, say, "What do you take me for? I can't even tie my shoes in the morning for that kind of money. Let's get real or quit wasting my time."
  • aegrisomniaaegrisomnia Posts: 1,025Registered User Senior Member
    Check the BLS OOH. I don't see how anybody else's guess could be better.

    Starting, you can expect around $60k, as BigAarst suggested. That number will go up around big cities and down in rural America (tracking the cost of living).
  • HotChocolateHotChocolate Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
    I'm not trying to scare the OP or hijack this thread, but one of my closest guy friends graduated with a BS in CompSci. After hunting for a job for a couple months, he's working an entry-level job for a mediocre hourly wage... nowhere close to the $50-60K as most people say a CompSci grad would make. Could this simply be his lack of work experience/he probably didn't take on any internships during his undergrad? At most, he worked a previous job doing something computer related but it was a few months at most.
  • BigAarstBigAarst Posts: 101Registered User Junior Member
    I don't think his lack of an internship or previous work experience would have done it. I'd be curious to know if he went to a relatively well-known university, if his GPA was over 3.0, and if he was willing to relocate to find a job. Any one of those three things could prevent someone from hitting the average salary.
  • naokifreshnaokifresh Posts: 222Registered User Junior Member
    Yes, I am willing to relocate..and hopefully I do get well over a 3.0 (i had 3.84 in high school)

    I plan to relocate anywhere and just work for the best possible salary for up to maybe 5 months (not that I would tell the employers that), living cheaply, and then use the saved up money I made to relocate to where I actually want to live and search for work there. Then I would also have had experience and the second first job would be easier to find. Good plan?
  • BigAarstBigAarst Posts: 101Registered User Junior Member
    The details could use a little work... make sure you have a job offer on the table where you want to live before you quit and relocate. It's a lot easier to find a job if you currently have one than if you are unemployed.
  • davidthefatdavidthefat Posts: 1,521Registered User Senior Member
    Google is your friend. Literally. I've heard the working conditions at Mountain Avenue Google Headquarters is top notch.
  • aegrisomniaaegrisomnia Posts: 1,025Registered User Senior Member
    I'm not trying to scare the OP or hijack this thread, but one of my closest guy friends graduated with a BS in CompSci. After hunting for a job for a couple months, he's working an entry-level job for a mediocre hourly wage... nowhere close to the $50-60K as most people say a CompSci grad would make. Could this simply be his lack of work experience/he probably didn't take on any internships during his undergrad? At most, he worked a previous job doing something computer related but it was a few months at most.
    There is probably more going on here than you're letting on.
  • GLOBALTRAVELERGLOBALTRAVELER Posts: 2,853Registered User Senior Member
    Ummm....although it was 20 years ago...

    - I had no prior programming experience before college
    - I had not one AP credit
    - I was not a "full" CS major.....a Math/CS type
    - Did not have a high GPA
    - I never had an internship
    - Undergrad at Michigan State....not top-10 or even top-20.
    - Worked 1 year for the College of Medicine developing/administering their patient database system. Only worked 15 hours/week....LIED on resume/interviews and said I was working 32 hours.

    Got a job right after undergrad with Westinghouse Energy Systems in Pittsburgh, PA. Never been unemployed since.
  • yagottabelieveyagottabelieve Posts: 542Registered User Member
    There are many opportunities for software engineers in the Silicon Valley. However, I would highly recommend that before you move here, you have a job lined up (because the cost of living is high). If you don't have a job lined up, you should at least have some kind of track record (e.g. have developed a popular app, web site, or contribution to an open-source project), so that people are aware of you and can help you find a job, give you angel funding, etc.

    The hot subfields of software engineering in the Silicon Valley include smartphone app programming, social network programming, and some cloud computing/virtualization.
  • davidthefatdavidthefat Posts: 1,521Registered User Senior Member
    You can always try the aerospace/aeronautical industry. As planes get high tech, I am pretty sure the demand for software engineers are going up. Try JPL (Pasadena, California; but they just got a budget cut, I've heard ~300 employees getting laid off), Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX. Don't always assume software engineering is for games and social media.
  • SimbotSimbot Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    "After hunting for a job for a couple months, he's working an entry-level job for a mediocre hourly wage... nowhere close to the $50-60K as most people say a CompSci grad would make. "

    The $50-$60k number assumes the person is working an as engineer of some sort. What you're saying is that he wasn't able to get a job as an engineer, and took some other lower paid job.

    Internships, GPA, etc. have little to no bearing on the salary you are offered. They will help you get a job offer though. Employers don't adjust salaries based on GPA.
  • TomServoTomServo Posts: 2,047Registered User Senior Member
    Start your own software company and the sky is the limit.
  • webasswebass Posts: 666- Member
    I hear mixed opinions. Does the rank/prestige/name of the school matter a lot when you have a good GPA and some work experience/internships?
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