How much am I going to make after coding bootcamp? Is it really worth the investment?
These are two of the most important questions you can ask yourself—and your prospective coding bootcamp—before you enroll.
Salary trends for coding bootcamp grads
The national average starting salary of a coding bootcamp graduate is $65,000-$70,000. Year after year Course Report has found that the average bootcamp graduate increases their salary around 50% after program completion. Low-income students are particularly impacted, receiving around a 180% salary increase.
But multiple factors play a role in what a salary can look like, including location, type of career, and more. Here’s an overview of the national trends and factors that can change your salary:
Are you ready to stick it out to see your salary grow after coding bootcamp?
Maybe your starting salary isn’t exactly perfect. That’s okay, because tech salaries usually aren’t stagnant. It’s not unusual to see a bootcamp grad make more than six-figures within a few years of graduating. The national average salary can range from $100,000-$120,000 after five years. And some programmers and engineers can make around $150,000 depending on the field. It’s important to remember that your first job allows you to prove yourself. Once you do, your salary will rise the ranks with you.
Did you do your homework before starting bootcamp?
Pre-bootcamp work (even if self-taught) has shown to pay-off by an initial salary that’s almost $5,000 more than those who were complete novices when they walked into the classroom.
What kind of coder are you?
Have you worked in tech before?
If you went to bootcamp to sharpen your skills or change tech fields, you’re likely going to have a much more lucrative starting salary after coding bootcamp. Nationally, those with prior experience in the tech field or working on tech projects landed post-bootcamp jobs somewhere in the low $100,000 range.
Where do you want to launch your career?
Location absolutely impacts salary. Indiana salaries, for example, might look lower than other cities, but that’s because the cost of living is significantly lower than places like New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco, where starting salaries can be almost $100,000.
Eleven Fifty Academy graduates have an average starting salary of $54,000 (with some up to $60,000 or more) within Indiana, which is outstanding when you consider the average household income is approximately $54,000-$55,000.
Do you have a college degree?
If so, your salary after coding bootcamp could be higher. Those who don’t have a college degree make an average of $59,000 when just starting out. College graduates typically see around $65,000+. But having no college degree doesn’t doom you to a low salary your entire career. Your starting salary is just that, a starting salary. Tech is an equalizing field where if you have the knowledge and can prove your skills, you will succeed.
No matter your background, at the end of the day it’s important to remember that your post-bootcamp success is determined the same way as your success during bootcamp: It’s all about what you put into it.
This means continued enthusiasm for the job, a willingness to roll up your sleeves and dig into challenging work, and an interest in learning to continue becoming the best coder you can be throughout your entire career.
Unleash your career potential! Explore Eleven Fifty Academy’s bootcamp courses, including our FREE intro classes to see if coding and tech are right for you. Find your course today.