2020 Coding Bootcamp Alumni Outcomes & Demographics Report

CODING BOOTCAMP GRADS REPORT A 56% SALARY RAISE

Liz Eggleston Thursday - Mar 04, 2021

Course Report is excited to present the results of our latest and most comprehensive survey of graduates in the coding bootcamp space. We have surveyed graduates from 101 qualifying coding schools and received 3,043 qualified graduate responses.

The majority of graduates of coding bootcamps are finding full-time employment, and 79% of graduates surveyed say they've been employed in a job requiring the technical skills learned at bootcamp, with an average salary increase of 56% or $25,000. The average starting salary of a bootcamp grad is $69,079. This year's Bootcamp Alumni Outcomes & Demographics Study dives into graduates' 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 job. In 2020, we also found interesting insights into funding types, income sharing agreements, bootcamp length, and the resilience of bootcampers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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

Learn More...

2020 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report
2019 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study
 
 

 

Key Findings

In our sixth annual graduate survey, and the most complete cross-school study of its kind in the coding bootcamp industry, we find strong evidence of salary growth, with respondents reporting a $25,000 increase in median salary in their first job after attending a coding bootcamp.

Key Finding 1. Salary Change

Change in Salary Before After % Change
 Average Salary $44,350 $69,079 + 56%
 Median Salary $40,000 $65,000 + 63%

 

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

Key Finding 2. Change in Employment

Change in Employment Pre-bootcamp Post-bootcamp
 Employed Full-Time 57% 78%
 Employed Part-Time 9% 3%
 Employed Freelance 5% 2%
 Self-Employed/Entrepreneur 4% 2%
 Homemaker/Stay-at-home parent 2% 0%
 Student 6% 1%
 Unemployed 18% 14%

 

Most graduates take 1-6 months to find their first job. As students continue their job search after graduation, job placement trends upwards.

Key Finding 3. Time to Accept a Job

17% 22%   27%   13%   6%
placed placed   placed   placed   placed
PRE-GRADUATION 30 DAYS   90 DAYS   120 DAYS   120+ DAYS

 

We ask respondents to share key demographic data and find that the average age of a bootcamper is 31 years old and women make up 35% of the bootcamp industry. Race/ethnicity demographics show that the bootcamp industry must work harder to bring more racial diversity into the industry. 

Key Finding 4. Demographics

  All Respondents 2020 Graduates
 Age Average Average
 Years 31 31
 Gender % %
Female 35% 41%
Male 63% 56%
Non-Binary 2% 3%
 Race/Ethnicity % %
White/Caucasian 72% 69%
Black/African American 5% 6%
Asian 15% 17%
Native American/Pacific Islander etc. 1% 2%
Hispanic 10% 8%
Other 7% 7%

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted global employment, including tech jobs. Bootcampers were not immune to the tough job market in 2020, but we were pleased to hear that 75% of bootcamp alumni either experienced no change due to COVID-19 or shifted to remote work. The fact that 50% of bootcamp alumni were able to move into remote work during a global recession demonstrates the resilience of these tech jobs.

Key Finding 5. Impact of COVID-19 on Coding Bootcamp Alumni

 COVID-19 Impact
 
US/Canada Respondents
No impact 25%
I shifted to remote work 50%
I was laid off or furloughed 9%
I graduated during COVID-19 and am still searching for a job 10%
COVID made it more difficult to find a job 3%
I took a pay cut 1%

 

This outcomes report also finds:

  • The average student paid $14,214 in bootcamp tuition.
  • The typical attendee has 7 years of work experience, has at least a Bachelor's degree, and has never worked as a programmer. However, the number of students with degrees appears to be declining slightly over time, reflecting the general sentiment in the bootcamp industry that traditional degrees are not a predictor of success.
  • Graduates report an average satisfaction rating of 8.7/10.
  • Online Bootcamps and In-Person Bootcamps produced almost identical average salaries – great news for bootcamps that transitioned to remote learning during COVID-19.
  • Speaking of COVID-19, bootcampers were not immune to the tough job market in 2020. However, 75% of bootcamp alumni either experienced no change due to COVID-19 or simply shifted to remote work, demonstrating the resilience of these tech jobs.
  • In addition to loans, Income Sharing Agreements (ISAs) and Deferred Tuition continue to trend upwards in the bootcamp industry: 19% of graduates used either an ISA or Deferred Tuition (while 60% of bootcampers were offered one of these options).
  • 8% of 2020 bootcamp graduates have military service and 6% use the GI Bill to cover tuition – this number is on the rise.

The "Survey Insights" tab shows who is most successful after bootcamp:

  • Graduates working in San Francisco earn the highest average salaries ($97,666) followed by Seattle graduates who earn an average of $88,586. 100% of respondents in Nashville reported being employed!
  • 79% of respondents report that they've worked in a job requiring the technical skills they learned in the bootcamp. Graduates who learned Swift report the highest salaries ($90,500).
  • Women continue to gain ground amongst bootcamp graduates – in 2020, 41% of graduates are women. Women and men report similar salaries after graduation.
  • Students who did some self-teaching before starting class earn ~$3,000 more than complete beginners.
  • The average bootcamper reported a $25,000 lift in median salary after graduating from a bootcamp – while low-income students see a lower average post-bootcamp salary than middle and high-income students, they see a high lift in salary after graduation (200% growth). 
  • Students who used an ISA or Deferred Tuition actually report higher average salaries – ~$79,000 on average compared to those who opted out of an ISA/Deferred Tuition Plan and earn ~$69,500/year.
  • The length of the bootcamp actually does have an impact on post-graduation average salary: Graduates of 16+ week-long bootcamps earn ~$8,000 more than graduates of 8-week-long bootcamps.

Learn More...

2020 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report
2019 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study
 
 

 

 

Respondents in the 2020 Coding Bootcamp Student Outcomes & Demographics Study graduated from the following 101 bootcamps:

Academy Pittsburgh Covalence
New York Code + Design Academy*
Academia de Código Craftmanship Academy NewForce
Acclaim Education DecodeMTL
Noble Desktop
Actualize Deep Dive Coding
Prime Digital Academy
Ada Developers Academy Dev Bootcamp*
Reboot Academy
Adventure Code School* DevMountain
RED Academy*
Alchemy Code Lab DigitalCrafts
Redwood Code Academy
App Academy Eleven Fifty Academy Rithm School
Application University Epicodus Sabio
Arkansas Coding Academy Flatiron School
SD Code Bootcamp
Awesome Inc U Fullstack Academy Skill Distillery
Berkeley Boot Camps Galvanize Skillcrush
Bloc General Assembly
Software Guild
BoiseCodeWorks Georgia Tech Boot Camps Springboard
Bottega Grace Hopper Academy
Startup Institute
BrainStation Grand Circus
Suncoast Developers Guild Academy
C4Q Access Code/Pursuit Hack Reactor Tech Elevator
Careerfoundry Hackbright Academy
Tech Talent South
Claim Academy HackerYou
Techtonic Academy
Code Academy Helio Training Techtonica
Code Fellows Holberton School The Iron Yard*
Code for All Inventive Academy
The Software Guild
Code Louisville Ironhack Thinkful
Code Platoon Kenzie Academy Turing School
CodeBoxx Lambda School
UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
CodeCraft School* Launch Academy
UNH Coding Boot Camp
Coder Camps Le Wagon
University of Arizona Boot Camps
Coder Foundry LearningFuze
University of Denver Boot Camps
Codesmith Lighthouse Labs
University of Oregon Coding Boot Camp
Codeup Makers Academy
University of Toronto Boot Camps
Codify Academy MAX Technical Training** V School
Coding Dojo Momentum
We Can Code IT
Coding Temple Montana Code School Wyncode
  Nashville Software School
Zip Code Wilmington

 

* These bootcamps are no longer operating.
** Formerly Cincy Code IT.

Learn More...

2020 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report
2019 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study
 
 

 

We received responses from graduates from 3,043 graduates from 101 coding schools commonly referred to as "bootcamps". We received 1,181 responses in 2020 and carried over 936 responses from the 2019 survey and 926 responses from the 2018 survey. The total responses were filtered by the below inclusion criteria, and then cleaned to remove outliers. The surveys were sent to graduates and all figures are self-reported by the respondents.

INCLUSION CRITERIA

To qualify for inclusion in the survey, a respondent must have attended a school that (a) offers full-time, in-person instruction of 40 or more hours of classroom time per week, (b) is not degree-granting, (c) provides programming-specific curriculum.

GRADUATES

To qualify for inclusion in the survey, individuals must have completed a course offered by a coding bootcamp (as defined above) prior to December 4, 2020.

INCENTIVES

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

ABOUT COURSE REPORT

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

 

Learn More...

2020 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report
2019 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study