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How much could I earn with my Computer Science degree?

The United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the following average starting salaries:

  • Computer engineer - $53,396
  • Computer programmers - $49,928
  • Database administrators - $48,560   
  • Desktop support analysts - $46,500 to $65,250   
  • Help Desk Workers - $27,500 to $37,000   
  • Systems administrators - $50,000 to $75,750


Experience and internships may also increase starting salaries. Most UW-Parkside students complete internships or are offered summer or part-time employment, and have a competitive advantage at graduation.

The SANS Institute (SANS): a large and trusted source on information security and research world wide has released their 2008 Salary Survey which talks about the importance of education among information security professionals and trends for the upcoming years.

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