Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The educational opportunities found in some of the most prestigious universities around the globe have spawned a generation of tech talent that is creating and innovating at a fast pace in some of the world’s top tech companies.
Here, then, is a look at the universities whose graduates have joined the workforce with the highest graduating software developer salaries. All the salaries listed here are reflective of employment of two years or less.
The universities whose graduates command the top tech salaries are:
Number One: Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Auburn University’s graduates command market salaries of $182,000. Top companies for which they work are: Microsoft, IBM, TSYS Prepaid, Harris, and Lockheed Martin. The top skill requirements for these students are Software Development and Distributed Systems.
Auburn University salaries, per Paysa data.
Number Two: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Graduates of Israel’s oldest university are offered market salaries of $181,000. Top companies hiring these students are: Amdocs, Amazon, Zynga, HumanEyes, and Yahoo! The top skill requirements for these students are Java and Distributed Systems.
Hebrew University salaries, per Paysa data.
Tied for Number Three: Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Coming in at number three, graduates of Seoul National University earn market salaries of $168,000. Seoul National University graduates work for: Samsung, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and Google and are skilled in Java and Saas.
Seoul National University salaries, per Paysa data.
Tied for Number Three: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay Peninsula, Hong Kong
Offered market salaries of $168,000, Hong Kong University graduates have accepted positions at: Microsoft, Google, IBM, Oracle, and Facebook. Top skills required are Java and Distributed Systems.
Hong Kong University salaries, per Paysa data.
Number Four: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Coming in at number five, Harvard graduates earn market salaries of $166,000. Top employers for Harvard grads are: Microsoft, Google, IBM, Amazon, and Goldman Sachs. Top skill requirements are Strategy and Product Management.
Harvard University salaries, per Paysa data.
Number Five: Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Recent graduates of Stanford enjoy market salaries of $164,000. Their most frequent employers are: Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook, and Yahoo! Stanford student skill requirements include Python and Java.
Stanford University salaries, per Paysa data.
Number Six: Sofia University, Bulgaria
Sofia University graduates command market salaries of $156,000. Top employers for Sofia University graduates are: Microsoft, VMware, Google, Netage Solutions, and Tremor Video. Top skill requirements for these graduates are C# and Software Development.
Sofia University salaries, per Paysa data.
Number Seven: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Graduates of Tsinghua University command market salaries of $154,000. Tsinghua students most often work for: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Oracle, and Cisco Systems, and their top skill requirements are Java and C.
Tsinghua University salaries, per Paysa data.
Number Eight: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Coming in at number seven, graduates of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur earn market salaries of $153,000. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur students work with: Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, and Amazon. These students are skilled in Distributed Systems and Java.
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur salaries, per Paysa data.
Number Nine: Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Graduates of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras earn market salaries of $151,000. Indian Institute of Technology Madras students are often employed with: Microsoft, Oracle, Yahoo!, Tata Consultancy Services, and IBM. Top skills required are Distributed Systems and Software Development.
Indian Institute of Technology Madras salaries, per Paysa data.
Number Ten: Tianjin University, China
Graduates from Tianjin University command market salaries of $145,000. Tianjin University graduates frequently find employment with: Amazon, Google, Facebook, Cisco Systems, and Yahoo! Top skill requirements are Java and Python.
Tianjin University salaries, per Paysa data.
Top Employers and Paysa Company Rank
The top destinations for tech graduates from these prestigious universities were Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Oracle. Interestingly, these four companies are all also ranked in the top 100 tech companies according to the Paysa CompanyRank system, which maps the movement of top tech talent over time. Here is how the companies stack up over the past three years:
Paysa CompanyRank over 3-year period
Why You Need to Know
For upcoming graduates as well as other tech talent considering a career move, gathering salary and compensation intelligence is essential to negotiating a good job offer. Knowing the market salary, the top skills required by various tech companies, and the movement of talent over time will help you make wise decisions about employment.
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