2018 Coding Bootcamp Alumni Outcomes & Demographics Report


Liz Eggleston Wednesday - Dec 19, 2018

Course Report is excited to present the results of our latest and most comprehensive survey of graduates in the coding bootcamp space. We surveyed graduates from 41 qualifying coding schools and received 828 qualified graduate responses.

The majority of graduates of coding bootcamps are finding full-time employment, and 79.3% of graduates surveyed say they've been employed in a job requiring the technical skills learned at bootcamp, with a median salary increase of 49% or $21,000. The average starting salary of a bootcamp grad is $64,528. This year's 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 2018, we also added new questions about demographics, including veteran status and use of the GI Bill. 


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

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2018 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report
2017 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study



Key Findings

In our fifth 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 $21,000 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* $48,189 $64,528 34%
 Median Salary* $43,000 $64,000 49%

*Figures concentrate on full-time positions only (i.e. including Freelance, Employed, and Self-employed Entrepreneur."


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% 76%
 Employed Part-Time 11% 4%
 Employed Freelance 4% 3%
 Self-Employed 4% 3%
 Homemaker/Stay-at-home parent 1% 1%
 Student 6% 2%
 Unemployed 16% 12%


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

13% 36%   64%   78%   85%
placed placed   placed   placed   placed


Key Finding 4. Demographics

  All Respondents 2018 Graduates
 Age Average Average
 Years 30 29
 Gender % %
Female 33% 37%
Male 64% 62%
Non-Binary 3% 1%
 Race/Ethnicity % %
White/Caucasian 66% 64%
Black/African American 8% 14%
Asian 16% 16%
Native American/Pacific Islander etc. 2% 1%
Hispanic 12% 10%
Other 9% 6%

This outcomes report also finds:

  • The average student paid $12,643 in tuition.
  • The typical attendee has 6 years of work experience, has at least a Bachelor's degree, and has never worked as a programmer.
  • Graduates report an average satisfaction rating of 8.3/10.
  • Use of external lending partners has increased drastically over time (from 15% before 2016 to 23% in 2018). For 2018 bootcamp graduates, SkillsFund is the most popular lending partner.
  • In addition to loans, Income Sharing Agreements (ISAs) and Deferred Tuition are two trends on the rise in the bootcamp industry. 43% of bootcamps offer an Income Sharing Agreement or Deferred Tuition; 22% of graduates used one of these options. Additionally, 5% of bootcamp graduatess are veterans and 2% use the GI Bill to cover tuition.

The "Survey Results" tab shows interesting Insights like:

  • Graduates working in California earn the highest average salaries ($101,649​). However, graduates in Utah are most likely to be employed (92% are employed).
  • 79% of respondents report that they've worked in a job requiring the technical skills they learned in the bootcamp. Graduates who learned Ruby on Rails report the highest salaries ($76,150​).
  • Women make up 34% of the coding bootcamp industry; women saw more drastic salary growth after graduating from a bootcamp and report a higher average salary than men!
  • The average bootcamper reported a $21,000 lift in 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 (128% growth). 

Learn More...

2018 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report
2017 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study



We received responses from graduates from 41 coding schools, commonly referred to as "bootcamps." We received 926 responses, 828 of which met the criteria described below. The surveys were sent to graduates and all figures are self-reported by the respondents.


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.


To qualify for inclusion in the survey, individuals must have completed a course offered by a coding bootcamp (as defined above) prior to October 31, 2018.     


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 (2014-2018) 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.


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.