2015 Course Report Alumni Outcomes & Demographics Study


Liz Eggleston Monday - Oct 26, 2015

Want the most up-to-date findings? Check out our 2016 Alumni Outcomes & Demographics Study.

We're excited to present the results of our latest and most comprehensive survey of graduates in the coding bootcamp space. We surveyed graduates from 44 qualifying coding schools and received 665 qualified graduate responses.

The majority of graduates of coding bootcamps are finding full-time employment, and 66% of graduates surveyed report being employed in a full-time job requiring the skills learned at bootcamp, with an average salary increase of 38% or $18,000. This year's Student Outcomes & Demographics Study dives into bootcamp graduate success, analyzing 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.


Thanks so much to the schools who participated in this study and helped distribute it to their alumni networks!


Key Findings

In our second annual graduate survey, and the most complete cross-school study of its kind in the coding bootcamp industry, we found strong evidence of salary growth, with respondents reporting a $18k average increase in their first job after attending a coding bootcamp.

Key Finding 1. Avg Salary Change

Change in Avg Salary Before After
All Respondents $46,638 $64,255
Employed Full-Time $49,221 $67,178

Key Finding 2. Median Salary Change

Change in Median Salary Before After
All Respondents $40,000 $62,800
Employed Full-Time $45,000 $65,000


In addition, bootcamp attendees are more likely to be working full-time after graduation.

Key Finding 3. Change in Employment

Change in Employment Before After
Employed Full-Time 53% 62%
Employed Part-Time 8% 2%
Employed Freelance 6% 7%
Self-Employed 8% 3%
Student 8% 2%
Unemployed 16% 21%
Other 1% 2%


As students continue their job search after graduation, job placement trends upwards, with 89% of graduates being placed within 120 days of graduation.

Job Placement within 120 Days

27.17%   61.23%   78.99%   88.77%
placed   placed   placed   placed
30 DAYS   60 DAYS   90 DAYS   120 DAYS


The outcomes report also finds:

  • 66% report working in a job requiring the skills learned at bootcamp, compared to 5% working as full-time programmers beforehand.
  • The average student paid $11,852 in tuition.
  • The typical attendee is 31 years old, has 7.6 years of work experience, has at least a Bachelor's degree, and has never worked as a programmer.
  • 36% of bootcamp attendees are female.
  • Graduates report an average satisfaction rating of 8.42.
  • Use of external lending partners has increased drastically since 2013 (from 4% in 2013 to 25% in 2015). 

The "Survey Results" tab shows interesting insights like:

  • Undergraduate Music majors saw the greatest salary jump after attending a bootcamp. Foreign Language majors are most likely to be employed as developers after graduation. 
  • Graduates working in Palo Alto boast the highest average salary of the cities in this report (California has the highest average salary of any state, but check out where North Carolina falls!)
  • Coding bootcamps provide a $36,000 lift in salary for low-income students, compared to a $2,000 lift in salary for high-income students
  • Students with Associate's degrees experienced the highest lift in salary after graduating from a bootcamp: $30,133. 79% of bootcamp graduates also have at least a Bachelor's Degree, but does this impact success? 
  • Students who learned Python have the highest average salaries after graduation (~$80K). Students who learned C# at a bootcamp are most likely to be employed as a developer after graduation. 



We surveyed graduates from 43 qualifying coding schools, commonly referred to as "bootcamps." We received 769 responses from graduates, 665 of which met the criteria described below. The surveys were sent to graduates and all figures are self-reported by the respondents.

Inclusion Criteria

Coding bootcamps: to qualify for inclusion in the survey, a school must (a) offer full-time, in-person instruction of 40 or more hours of classroom time per week, (b) not be degree-granting, (c) provide programming-specific curriculum (schools specializing in product development, design, or marketing were excluded). Many schools offer courses at multiple campuses across a wide range of curriculum.


To qualify for inclusion in the survey, individuals must have completed a course offered by a coding bootcamp (as defined above) prior to September 10, 2015.     


Participation in the survey was voluntary. An incentive for a $500 Amazon Giftcard was offered for participation.


Because bootcamps likely varied in the extent to which they distributed and advertised the survey to students, it is unlikely that our raw sample is representative of the overall population of students. To adjust for varying sampling probabilities across schools, we post-stratify the sample on school using the known (2014-2015) bootcamp sizes from a recent Course Report survey. Respondents are weighted such that the in-sample distribution of respondents across camps matches as closely as possible the known distribution of bootcamp sizes. Therefore, our estimates rely on a much weaker assumption than random sampling—we only need to assume that respondents are effectively randomly sampled within school strata.

Missing Data

Some respondents elected not to respond to certain questions (such as salary). Unless this non-response is completely random, dropping these respondents when calculating means would induce bias in the estimates. The current best practice for dealing with missing data is to impute multiple estimates of the missing values using a statistical model and the observed data. We use the multiple imputation algorithm developed in King, Honaker, Joseph and Scheve (2001) and implemented in the Amelia software package for this purpose.

About Course Report

Course Report, founded in 2013 by Adam Lovallo and Liz Eggleston, operates https://www.coursereport.com/, which helps potential students find and research coding bootcamp programs. Course Report offers a directory of schools, course schedules, thousands of reviews, and interviews with teachers, founders, students, and alumni.