Students who recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University s School of Computer Science are making a handsome average salary of $89,800. New grads from the California Institute of Technology, known as Caltech, are earning an impressive $83,800 on average, while new School of Engineering alumni from Stanford are bringing home $74,500. These numbers come from a survey just released by NerdScholar, the higher education unit of NerdWallet, a five-year-old personal finance website based in San Francisco. NerdWallet offers price comparisons for everything from credit cards to airport parking.
To put together the salary list, NerdScholar started with the top 100 national universities from US News & World Report s list of top colleges plus the top 30 liberal arts schools from that list and cross-referenced those with data it culled from university career services that polled students about their salaries. It looked at starting salaries for the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013 and averaged those numbers for each school. The list is far from comprehensive because many schools, like Harvard, Yale and Brown don t release salary information. Those schools simply aren t on the list. There are more than 4,500 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and NerdScholar only tracks a fraction of those.