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States with computer science schools

How will your computer science education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the computer science education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 842 traditional computer science schools in the US.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with computer science programs were:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In 2010, 15,205 students earned degrees in computer science in the US. Of these students, 294 graduated from certificate programs in computer science, 8,908 graduated from undergraduate programs in computer science, and 6,003 graduated from graduate-level programs in computer science.


Students can pursue education in computer science at the following levels:

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

During the course of their computer science education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Data Structures
  • Parallel Computing
  • Software Development and Design
  • Algorithm Design and Analysis


Students at computer science schools around the nation paid an average of $30,759 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The following computer science schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920

The following computer science schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - located in Raleigh, North Carolina, students paid $5,475
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  3. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176

How will your computer science job compare?

Computer science majors in the US can go into a variety of professions such as computer operator or computer science teacher. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 404,150 computer science professionals working in the US, including 288,660 information systems managers, 82,410 computer operators and 33,080 computer science teachers. The following states have the largest number of computer science professionals:

  1. California - 51,670 Computer Science Professionals
  2. New York - 32,200 Computer Science Professionals
  3. Texas - 25,150 Computer Science Professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of computer science professionals will grow by 6%, and by 2018, there will be an estimated 437,130 computer science professionals working in the US. The greatest growth for computer science professionals is predicted to be amongst information systems managers, who are expected to increase by 13% by 2018. The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for computer science professionals over the next few years:

  1. Washington State - 12%
  2. Virginia - 9%
  3. Oregon - 9%


In the US, computer science professionals earn on average $73,713 per year. However, the salary for computer science professionals can vary greatly based not only on the exact computer science profession you pursue but also on factors such as experience, your employer, and work conditions. Approximately 10 percent of computer science professionals earn less than $15,460 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $166,380 per year. On average, computer science professionals earn the most in the following states:

  1. California - $94,220 per year
  2. New York - $91,853 per year
  3. New Jersey - $91,580 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for computer science professionals:

  1. Vermont - $48,773 per year
  2. Mississippi - $56,113 per year
  3. West Virginia - $57,167 per year

On average the highest paid computer science professionals were:

  1. Information Systems Manager - $123,280 per year
  2. Computer Science Teacher - $78,190 per year
  3. Computer Operator - $38,340 per year

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Computer and Information Systems Managers 288,660 $123,280 11.3%
Computer Operators 82,410 $38,340 -36.2%
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 33,080 $78,190 -14.1%