Salary of a Computer Science graduate

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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:01 PM

Eh? I started at $75,000 and was raised to $85,000 after 6 months.
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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:32 PM

Those numbers depend on where you're located.

75K is high for starting out where I'm at, but the mean income in my region is actually pretty low (when you exclude the super rich... those multi-billionaires on Palm Beach sometimes knock our statistics out of whack).

Where as say in Southern California 75K is close to standard fair. I got 65K there with no college education. But my cost of living inhaled most of that up... unless I wanted to live in a shitbox sharing my place with some middle aged guy who only just moved out of his parents.

As was previously pointed out. Starting wages are extremely region specific.


New York, between Albany and NYC, has pretty good pay standards. Above 50K should be normal, 45K wouldn't be a bad thing in that region either. It depends on how close to Manhattan you get. if you're in the city, you should be expecting... well you should be expecting tons of internships before you ever get a job there.

In that area though, don't forget to consider Connecticut and Jersey. There are very good paying jobs there. But just as anyone who grows up in that area should know, the income disparagement through out the greater northeast metropolitan area fluctuates immensely. So saying you're 1 hour from New York City says little.

That's one of the main reasons I got out of the northeast.

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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:37 PM

^ I got 75k in Orange County NY, between NYC and Albany. Same place that raised it to 85k.
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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:39 PM

You didn't fully read what I had to say about that.

Nor did you offer up that pertinent info.

I wasn't specifically referring to what to expect, I was referring to why specific 'big numbers' can mean little depending on region.

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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:46 PM

Region specific? Yes. Set in stone? Absolutely not.

I refuse to believe it when a company tries to play off their salary offer as 'regionally modest'.

Who gets paid 75-85k out of college? Someone that knows how to negotiate. It's more important than the region, your education or your experience.
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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:55 PM

who said anything about set in stone?

Yes, of course negotiation comes into play.

But if you're located in a region where you can buy a house for 40K, starting at 90K a year is probably out of the question.

Regionality plays a role in prices, and it economically makes sense. The northeast greater metropolitan area has it's own economic climate, and it's actually very chaotic through out the region. The information of such is not a "lay down and accept it" declaration, it's a "this is your region, so be prepared for it" type declaration.

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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:09 PM

View Poststackoverflow, on 22 October 2012 - 01:37 PM, said:

^ I got 75k in Orange County NY, between NYC and Albany. Same place that raised it to 85k.

I'm fairly close to Orange County - Newburgh. I live right outside of Kingston NY in Ulster County.
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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:01 PM

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Software engineer, programmer, developer and software analyst and software designer are terms that are used interchangeably

Eh not really, there is a fine line between them all. If they were all used interchangeably then there would not be separate majors for each area in the field.

For instance, I am a Computer Engineering student, which is not to be confused with Software Engineering. And Software Engineering should not be confused with Computer Science.
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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

Problem is we're talking semantical differences between HR and Techies. HR thinks there aren't any differences, and for our sakes that's all that counts for getting a foot in the door in most places. Don't get me wrong, I detest it as much as the next guy, but HR are the gatekeepers.
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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

Do it for the love man, not for the money. There are plenty of easier professions with a smaller learning curve that will also earn good money. In my internship I make roughly 40k when converted from hourly. If I get hired as a full time firmware engineer upon graduating, then I would be at around 65k. This is in California, btw.
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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

My first year I started at $80,000. Second year I was making $110,000 (at a new job).

It depends on your location and how well you can market yourself. If you're on the east or west coast I wouldn't accept less than $75,000 to start with.
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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

How about Canada in places such as Vancouver or Toronto?
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Re: Salary of a Computer Science graduate

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:21 PM

Have you tried googling it? Seriously, Mastering the Art of GoogleFu will help you go a long way. Just a simple quick google search and looking at job sites such as Careerbuilder.CA shows me that you can make between 55-70k or as much as $70 CAD as a contractor.

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