Coding Dojo, a coding school for aspiring software developers, recently released results of a graduate study demonstrating that its curriculum increases wages for graduates.
According to the study, students who graduated from Coding Dojo with a high school degree or equivalent, had their salaries more than double immediately after graduation. The majority of Coding Dojo graduates (70 percent) already had a bachelor’s or post-graduate degree when enrolling. Even with their educational background, these students were able to increase salaries by an average of 58 percent upon graduation from Coding Dojo.
“Learning to code can be transformative, and one of the most concrete measurements of that is the economic mobility that our graduates realize,” said Coding Dojo COO and CFO Jay Patel. “Coding Dojo has long believed everyone can learn to code with the right resources and motivation, from a high school grad to a doctor. We’re proud to say this sample study shows you will find both of those groups rubbing elbows on our campuses—and the impact on their earning potential is substantial.”
The study analyzed Coding Dojo’s student body by formal education level and included the percent salary increase from their most recently held job prior to starting the program to their first tech position after graduation.
High School Diploma or GED:
- 21 percent of Coding Dojo graduates had a high school diploma or GED when starting the program, in comparison with 26 percent of all Americans 25 or older according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
- They experienced 117 percent salary growth from their prior job to their new career after graduating from Coding Dojo.
- 9 percent of Coding Dojo graduates began with an associate’s degree.
- They experienced 53 percent salary growth right after graduating from Coding Dojo.
- 60 percent of Coding Dojo graduates began with a bachelor’s degree, in comparison with 21 percent of all Americans 25 or older according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
- They experienced 67 percent salary growth immediately after graduating from Coding Dojo.
- 10 percent of Coding Dojo graduates began with a master’s or doctorate degree, in line with the 11 percent of all Americans 25 or older that have a master’s or doctorate according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
- These Coding Dojo graduates have doctorates in medicine, law and more.
- Even with this level of formal education, these students experienced 49 percent salary growth right after graduating from Coding Dojo.
“I attended a coding bootcamp because I knew that a solid technical foundation combined with my medical background would be a unique combination of skills that would position me for roles in advancing medicine and healthcare over the next few decades,” said Coding Dojo graduate Kwame Johnson who has an M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine and is currently a program manager at Microsoft. “A change from the medical to technology field made sense for me, and my career outlook and earnings potential haven’t been better.”
Coding Dojo graduates who get jobs in the technology industry have an average starting salary of $72,286.50. The top employers of Coding Dojo graduates are, in order; Microsoft, Expedia, AT&T, Amazon and Apple. An infographic about these findings can be found here.