Occupational Outlook + Average Salary

Employment for computer scientists is expected to grow much faster than average compared to all other occupations for the 2008-2018 decade and job prospects are excellent. Employment for computer scientists is projected to increase by 24% partly due to the rapid growth in computer systems design and related services industry, as well as the software publishing industry, which are projected to be among the fastest growing industries in the U.S. economy. (2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

According to the most recent data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual salaries for computer scientists were $97,970 and computer software engineers were $85,430. Starting salaries for computer software engineers with a bachelor’s degree in the Indianapolis area vary, but have been between $50,000-$60,000.

With a wide range of career options for Computer Science majors, salary can differ depending on the position. For specific salary data, refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook at or ONET.