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Tech-minded students who graduate from a coding bootcamp are not only likely to land a job requiring the skills they learned, but that job will pay, on average, 64 percent more than what they were making before enrolling.

Course Report, the coding bootcamps review site, released the findings of its third annual graduate survey on Wednesday, calling its Outcomes & Demographics Study “the most complete cross-school study of its kind in the coding bootcamp industry.”

The site measured graduate success and analyzed not only demographics and outcomes, but also how previous experience, income, location, and other factors impact a student’s average salary and ability to get a developer job.

Coding Bootcamp study
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Respondents reported a $26,021 increase in salary in the first job landed after attending coding bootcamp. The average salary for all respondents went from $40,866 before bootcamp, to $66,887 after graduating. Furthermore, 73 percent of grads report working in a job that takes advantage of the skills acquired at bootcamp.

Other key findings include:

  • The typical attendee is 30 years old, has 6.8 years of work experience, has at least a Bachelor’s degree, and has never worked as a programmer.
  • 43 percent of bootcamp attendees are female (compared to 15.1 percent in computer science bachelors degree programs).
  • Graduates report an average satisfaction rating of 8.83 out of 10.
  • Use of external lending partners like SkillsFund and Climb Credit has increased drastically since 2013 (from 8 percent in 2014 to 17 percent in 2016).
Coding Bootcamp study
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Under “insights” in the report’s “results” tab, there is even deeper analysis of the success of graduates in relation to location, race, gender, educational attainment, and more.

Course Report co-founder Lizz Eggleston told GeekWire that Seattle is a great city to attend a bootcamp if your goal is to land a solid, well-paying job.

“Seattle boasts the third highest starting salaries for bootcamp graduates: $79,286 a year. And Washington has the second highest overall salaries at $77,238 a year. We’re seeing grads accept jobs everywhere from small agencies to large companies like Zillow.”


Course Report previously reported on strong growth in the industry, with 17,000 students expected to graduate in 2016. There are coding bootcamps in 69 U.S. cities and 34 states. Seattle is home to 12.

Check out the full Outcomes & Demographics Study for more information on participating schools and methodology.

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