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Old 11-24-2008, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default associates degree versus master's degree

I have a four year degree in chemistry.

Now I want to become a computer programmer.

I'm willing to go back to school for a year or two.

For an entry level programmer at this point in time, what's the approximate starting salary if I had an associate's degree in computer science? How about if I had a master's degree?

In case it matters, I'm in the Northeast.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:01 PM   #2
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You will need to start from scratch as a chemistry degree is useless for programming. A typical programmer with an Associate's Degree is probably gonna make around 50K. One with a Master's Degree has the potential of double that if they get the right gig.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:06 PM   #3
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>You will need to start from scratch as a chemistry degree is useless for
>programming. A typical programmer with an Associate's Degree is probably
>gonna make around 50K. One with a Master's Degree has the potential of
>double that if they get the right gig.

How long does it take to reach those salary levels? And how much to start at entry level?
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:12 PM   #4
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My understanding is that the 50K for an Associate's was classified as "0-1 years experience". The Master's Degree for entry level might start at the same but as you gain experience, it should go up. The median salary for a Master's Degree was $93,900.
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Wow. So that that means by time I am 20 years old I should be making 50K.. Damn..
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