Earn a Top Salary with a Degree from these 10 Universities

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 $186,000. 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

Number Two: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Graduates of Israel’s oldest university are offered market salaries of $149,000. 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

Number Three: Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Recent graduates of Stanford enjoy market salaries of $146,000. Their most frequent employers are: Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook, and Yahoo! Stanford student skill requirements include Python and Java.

Stanford University Salaries

Number Four: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Graduates of both schools command market salaries of $145,000. 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

Graduates of Seoul National University work for: Samsung, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and Google and are skilled in Java and Saas.

Seoul National University Salaries

Number Five: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Coming in at number five, Harvard graduates earn market salaries of $142,000. Top employers for Harvard grads are: Microsoft, Google, IBM, Amazon, and Goldman Sachs. Top skill requirements are Strategy and Product Management.

Harvard University Salaries

Number Six: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay Peninsula, Hong Kong

Offered market salaries of $140,000, 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

Number Seven: Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu; Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur; and Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Sharing the number seven spot, graduates of all three schools earn market salaries of $137,000. 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

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

Fudan University graduates are frequently employed with: Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo!, Cisco Systems, and Google. Top skill requirements for these students are Java and C++.

Fudan University Salaries

Number Eight: Sofia University, Bulgaria and Tianjin University, China

Tied for the number eight spot, graduates from these two universities command market salaries of $136,000. 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

Tianjin University graduates frequently find employment with: Amazon, Google, Facebook, Cisco Systems, and Yahoo! Top skill requirements are Java and Python.

Tianjin University Salaries

Number Nine: Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua city, Zhejiang province, China; Peking University, Beijing, China; and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei province, China

Students of these three schools, tied at number nine, are offered market salaries of $135,000. Graduates of Zhejiang Normal University are often employed with: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Skills required are Java and C++.

Zhejiang Normal University Salaries

Graduates of Peking University are employed by: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Spokeo, and LinkedIn. Top skill requirements are Java and C++.

Peking University Salaries

Huazhong University of Science and Technology graduates work for: Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, VMware, and Turn. Top skills required are C++ and Java.

Huazhong University Salaries

Number Ten: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Delhi, India; Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China; and Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Squeaking in at number ten, graduates from these four schools boast market salaries of $134,000. Top employers for Delhi graduates include: Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle, Cisco, and Yahoo! Their top skill requirements are Agile Methodologies and Software Development.

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Salaries

VJTI graduates are frequently offered positions with: Microsoft, PayPal, Excite Media, Hortonworks, and Amazon. Top skill requirements are Java and C++.

Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute Salaries

Shanghai Jiao Tong University graduates work with: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Cisco Systems, and IBM. Top skills are Java and C++.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Salaries

Yale graduates work with: Microsoft, Google, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Yahoo!. Top skills required are Strategy and Product Management.

Yale Salaries

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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Originally published at www.paysa.com on September 21, 2016.