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Posted On: July 4, 2018 by Henry R. Steele

The following article discusses the salary and career outlook for graduates with a MBA, Graduate or Undergraduate Computer Science degree in Arizona. Learn about the demand, salary outlook, top employers, job titles, as well as education options for campus and online Computer science degree programs for Arizona graduates.

Computer Science Snapshot

Avg US Salary

$101,878

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Avg Arizona Salary

$88,670

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State vs National

Ranked 18th

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Total Job Postings

3,659

Job Type

Full-Time

Min Education Level

Bachelor’s Degree

Recommended Degree

Masters or MBA

Most Common Degree

Comp Sci/Engineering

Desired Experience Level

Mid Level

*Data based on job title of Software Engineer

Arizona Computer Science Demand

BLS reports there are 93,400 workers employed in computer and mathematical occupations in Arizona, with 3% job growth and 34.573 workers per 1000 jobs.

The city with the largest growth in technology jobs in Arizona is Phoenix. CBS News reports one year tech job growth in this city was 188%. After the real estate bubble burst a decade ago, Phoenix officials went to work to diversity the economy. It has shown in the past five years with the number of technology companies based in Phoenix up 400%.

In the past year, job listings in computer science and technology are up 188%, per a Ziprecruiter study. Project managers, software engineers, software developers and data analysts are in great need. Major companies that are hiring in Phoenix in technology are McKesson, Datashield, General Dynamics and MST Solutions.

Arizona also has a major advantage in that it is close to California and all of the technology jobs in that tech-focused state.

National Computer Science Salary Outlook

The national average estimate for Software Engineer was $101,878. This number is estimated from over 57,009 salaries and job advertisements from Indeed.com. This equates to an hourly salary of $53.060 and monthly of $8,490.

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$210,000

Salary Distribution

Arizona Computer Science Salaries by Career

The following Computer Science career paths show the average salary derived from job postings in Arizona.

Database Administrator$79,758 Rank: 28th
The average salary ranks 28th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $41.540 and monthly of $6,647. There were job openings from employers like Amazon.com, Productive Data Solutions, Inc., Washington Elementary School District #6, and Hanger, Inc.. Further, 80% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Contract, Commission, Temporary, Part-time were also available. Most jobs for Database Administrator required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$160,000

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Application Developer$85,434 Rank: 13th
The average salary ranks 13th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $44.500 and monthly of $7,120. There were job openings from employers like Productive Data Solutions, Inc., Cognizant, American Express, and VincentBenjamin. Further, 82% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Internship, Temporary, Contract, Commission, Part-time were also available. Most jobs for Application Developer required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$166,000

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Information Security Analyst$98,854 Rank: 5th
The average salary ranks 5th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $51.490 and monthly of $8,238. There were job openings from employers like Semper Valens Solutions, Intecon, Camris International, and BAE Systems. Further, 90% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Temporary, Contract, Part-time were also available. Most jobs for Information Security Analyst required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$208,000

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Network Administrator$60,666 Rank: 21st
The average salary ranks 21st among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $31.600 and monthly of $5,056. There were job openings from employers like KEYW Corporation, Jacobs, Early Warning Services, and Prosync Technology Group. Further, 90% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Temporary, Contract, Part-time were also available. Most jobs for Network Administrator required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$113,000

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Network Analyst$62,384 Rank: 21st
The average salary ranks 21st among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $32.490 and monthly of $5,199. There were job openings from employers like State Farm, Silicon Valley Bank, Cognizant, and Banner Health. Further, 91% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Contract, Internship, Temporary, Part-time were also available. Most jobs for Network Analyst required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$108,000

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Network Security Engineer$101,301 Rank: 20th
The average salary ranks 20th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $52.760 and monthly of $8,442. There were job openings from employers like Symantec, Productive Data Solutions, Inc., Early Warning Services, and VincentBenjamin. Further, 88% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Part-time, Temporary, Contract were also available. Most jobs for Network Security Engineer required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$198,000

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Software Engineer$88,670 Rank: 18th
The average salary ranks 18th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $46.180 and monthly of $7,389. There were job openings from employers like Productive Data Solutions, Inc., Microchip Technology, Amazon.com, and Silicon Valley Bank. Further, 85% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Part-time, Temporary, Contract, Internship, Commission were also available. Most jobs for Software Engineer required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$178,000

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Full Stack Developer$96,206 Rank: 22nd
The average salary ranks 22nd among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $50.110 and monthly of $8,017. There were job openings from employers like Productive Data Solutions, Inc., GoDaddy, VincentBenjamin, and Collage.com. Further, 80% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Contract, Part-time, Internship, Temporary were also available. Most jobs for Full Stack Developer required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$37,000

$183,000

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Security Analyst$76,637 Rank: 22nd
The average salary ranks 22nd among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $39.920 and monthly of $6,386. There were job openings from employers like Raytheon, Jacobs, Camris International, and Banner Health. Further, 89% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Temporary, Contract, Part-time were also available. Most jobs for Security Analyst required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$158,000

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Software Architect$108,707 Rank: 35th
The average salary ranks 35th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $56.620 and monthly of $9,059. There were job openings from employers like Cognizant, Prosync Technology Group, Intel, and Choice Hotels. Further, 86% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Contract, Part-time, Commission were also available. Most jobs for Software Architect required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$210,000

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Quality Assurance Engineer$65,957 Rank: 24th
The average salary ranks 24th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $34.350 and monthly of $5,496. There were job openings from employers like MSR-FSR, Silicon Valley Bank, PETSMART, and Microchip Technology. Further, 81% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Contract, Temporary, Part-time were also available. Most jobs for Quality Assurance Engineer required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$17,000

$145,000

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Web Developer$64,108 Rank: 30th
The average salary ranks 30th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $33.390 and monthly of $5,342. There were job openings from employers like Simpleview Inc., PETSMART, State Farm, and U-Haul. Further, 77% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Part-time, Internship, Temporary, Contract, Commission were also available. Most jobs for Web Developer required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$140,000

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Best Cities for Computer Science in Arizona

The following list of Arizona cities show the largest number of job postings for Computer Science careers:

City # of Employers Average Salary
Phoenix 306 $87,927
Scottsdale 130 $98,529
Chandler 112 $89,276
Tempe 83 $90,622
Tucson 50 $82,289
Gilbert 36 $110,246
Litchfield Park 22 $106,727
Mesa 15 $69,566
Glendale 7 $73,561
Sierra Vista 7 $76,373

Top Arizona Employers for Computer Science

The following list looks at top employers in Arizona hiring students and professionals in the Computer Science field:

Employer Name Average Salary

Arizona Campus-Based Computer Science Degrees

The following list shows the number of campus-based colleges offer Computer Science degrees throughout Arizona:

The University of Arizona offers a strong bachelor of science degree in computer science program that is appropriate for new freshmen, transfer students or a current UA student who wants to change their major. The computer science curriculum at the bachelor’s level is designed to meet the needs of all students with various levels of programming experience. Whether you know about programming or are learning about it for the first time, you will take introductory computer science courses that will get you up to speed quickly.

Students who want to take the bachelor of science program in computer science will have the following courses:

  • Introduction to Computer Programming I and II
  • Software Development
  • Computer Organization
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Analysis of Discrete Structures
  • Systems Programming and Unix
  • Comparative Programming Languages
  • Introduction to Parallel and Distributed Programming
  • Database Design
  • Algorithms
  • Geometric Algorithms

Bachelor’s degree students in the computer science department have several ways to get involved that can enhance their educational experiences. First, if you are a dedicated student, you can represent the CS department as an ambassador. Ambassadors are featured at many events including local school visits, prospective student visits, career and major fairs, min hackathons and more.

If you are a strong student in computer science, you may tutor other students in CS classes. The department hires new tutors every year and does pay them an hourly wage. Further, the CS mentor program is for students who can offer guidance and support to pre-majors and majors in computer science. Some students close to graduation can help in the teaching of an introductory CS course as well. You can earn credit or get paid for doing this section leading.

At the master’s level, you can get either a thesis or non thesis degree. The non thesis option is better suited for the student who wants to create a more sophisticated set of skills in programming, theory and applied skills for working in the computer science industry.

Arizona Online Computer Science Degrees

The following online degree programs are available for Arizona Computer Science students.

Disclaimer: All salary numbers and figures are will vary depending on several factors such as level of education, college/university attended, amount of experience, industry, company size and location. Sources for the above salary, employer and jobs data was aggregated through Indeed.com and BLS.gov

Henry R. Steele
Henry R. Steele
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Henry is Managing Editor of BusinessStudent.com. He is a seasoned business professional who regularly consults with local business's throughout Southern California. Henry pursued his undergrad in Business and Economics at the University of San Diego and gained valuable life changing experience through a unique internship upon graduation.Follow on Twitter.com

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