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New Grads: Which IT Jobs Pay the Most?


The US Bureau of Labor Statistics shared that the IT sector is expected to grow by 13% from 2020 to 2030. As IT grows, more individuals enter the competition for top-paying positions at reputable companies. New grads’ talent develops in the classroom, and their knowledge is put to the test when it comes time to suit up for real-world interviews!

If this is your first time seeking a position in the tech industry post-graduation, you may be looking for a sense of what the specific type of position pays on average. You may even be asked, “What is the salary you are looking for?” Imagine saying x a year when you really could have asked for 3x the original amount!

It’s always a good rule of thumb to have a realistic expectation in mind when it comes to salary — and as IT staffing industry experts, our recruiters can help navigate this question. Personal experience, credentials, and location always play a role in determining variations in salary averages, but here are a few great examples of tech positions with high compensation potential in the United States.

Highest Paying Tech Jobs

Tech jobs generally pay pretty well, but how well? And, where do you stand in the equation as a new grad? Have you explored your options? You’ve worked hard to earn the degree and gain the knowledge to join the IT industry. Now is your time to take a step in the right direction toward your next adventure in tech.

Full Stack Developer

This may be a bit of an ambitious goal for a first role in the field, but it is possible! Certain qualifications can impact your salary. Examples of knowledge or certifications employers look for when hiring for this role include:

  • Clojure

  • TensorFlow

  • Scala

  • Swift

  • Hadoop also shared a salary satisfaction survey based on 437 ratings. The result was that 65% of Full Stack Developers believe their salary is enough for the cost of living in the area where they reside.

Application Developer

A talented Application Developer is one in a million. Ingenuity pays well! Forward thinkers guide the process of writing software for mobile operating systems on Apple, Android, and Windows devices. Application Developers provide solutions for user needs.

For example, iPhone users need an application like Microsoft Outlook to stay up to date with new releases and features to make managing their work/life balance easier. You need an application development team that has the right knowledge to understand the language the application was written in and be able to update the application.

The work requires talented and knowledgeable individuals to accomplish a project on that type of scale — ensuring a release goes smoothly and does not affect the millions of iPhone users who use that application. Application developers have desired language talent and knowledge and are compensated accordingly!

Application Support Specialist

An Application Support Specialist is also a great position for a new grad in tech! This role typically has quite a range, which is why it is helpful to work with recruiters who know the industry, know the hiring companies, and know where the best opportunities await. is a great tool to help determine your personal salary expectation with any position. It brings the geographical location into the equation as well, although, the beauty of the tech industry is that your position can be completely virtual!

Whether you’re looking for one of these roles or any of the other many opportunities in the tech field, you can explore our open positions here. Our team of recruiters can help you get your foot in the door and transition to your next project and experience.

KellyMitchell recruiters are people experts. Our impact is through staffing highly trained professional technical talent. We help our candidates match both their soft skills and expertise to join teams that will provide appropriate compensation for your creativity and talent!

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Finding where you fit should be an adventure — exciting and seamless! We can help you with each step of the way. Reach out today!


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