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Computer Science in Pennsylvania

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Schools Offering Computer Science Programs in Pennsylvania

Approximately 0.2% of graduates in of Pennsylvania receive computer science degrees every year. That means an estimated 659 computer science professionals graduate from Pennsylvania's 43 computer science schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Pennsylvania with a computer science program is University of Pennsylvania, which is located in Philadelphia. In 2010, it was ranked 4th nationwide. 10 students graduated with a degree in computer science from University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Students at University of Pennsylvania paid $40,514 per year in tuition fees.

Swarthmore College, which is located in Swarthmore, is the second-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a computer science program. It received a ranking of 15th in the country in 2010. Tuition at Swarthmore College was $39,600 per year.

The third-ranked school in Pennsylvania with a computer science program is Carnegie Mellon University, which is located in Pittsburgh. In 2010, it was ranked 16th nationwide. In 2010, 201 students graduated from Carnegie Mellon University computer science program. The tuition rate at Carnegie Mellon University was $42,136 per year.


Computer science schools in Pennsylvania, charge students an average tuition of $21,797 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $42,136 per year, or as little as $2,700 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Pennsylvania computer science schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $42,136 per year
  2. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, students are charged $40,514 per year
  3. Ursinus College - located in Collegeville, students are charged $40,120 per year

The computer science schools in Pennsylvania that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Westmoreland County Community College - located in Youngwood, students are charged $2,700 per year
  2. Northampton County Area Community College - located in Bethlehem, students are charged $3,270 per year
  3. Montgomery County Community College-Central Campus - located in Blue Bell, students are charged $3,510 per year

A computer science degree from a Pennsylvania school... what next?

In Pennsylvania, the largest numbers of computer science professional work in the following counties:

  1. Bucks County - 5,920 computer science professionals
  2. Allegheny County - 3,350 computer science professionals
  3. Cumberland County - 1,030 computer science professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 12,750 computer science professionals will be working in Pennsylvania. This would require the number of computer science professional to shrink by -14%.


On average, computer science professionals earn a salary of $81,330 per year in Pennsylvania state. However, Pennsylvania computer science professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $16,130 per year to more than $158,820 per year in 2010. The following counties in Pennsylvania have the highest average salaries for computer science professionals:

  1. Cambria County - $102,830 per year
  2. Bucks County - $86,637 per year
  3. Blair County - $86,120 per year

Computer science professionals in the following counties in Pennsylvania make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. York County - $57,873 per year
  2. Lycoming County - $59,185 per year
  3. Bradford County - $68,140 per year

On average, the highest paid computer science professionals in Pennsylvania were:

  1. Information Systems Manager - $122,720 per year
  2. Computer Science Teacher - $80,940 per year
  3. Computer Operator - $40,330 per year

On average, the lowest paid computer science professionals in Pennsylvania were:

  1. Computer Science Teacher - $80,940 per year
  2. Computer Operator - $40,330 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Pennsylvania statistics regarding a career in computer science. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as information systems or information technology.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Computer Science in Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science in Pennsylvania
  • Master's Degree in Computer Science in Pennsylvania
  • Doctoral Degree in Computer Science in Pennsylvania
  • Certificate in Computer Science in Pennsylvania

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Computer and Information Systems Managers 8,870 $122,720 -15.8%
Computer Operators 3,440 $40,330 -34.8%
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 1,980 $80,940 13.1%

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