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2019 Coding Bootcamp Alumni Outcomes & Demographics Report

CODING BOOTCAMP GRADS REPORT A 51% SALARY RAISE.

Liz Eggleston Wednesday - Dec 18, 2019

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 79 qualifying coding schools and received 1862 qualified graduate responses.

The majority of graduates of coding bootcamps are finding full-time employment, and 83% of graduates surveyed say they've been employed in a job requiring the technical skills learned at bootcamp, with a median salary increase of 51% or $22,000. The average starting salary of a bootcamp grad is $66,964. 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 2019, we also found interesting insights into funding types, income sharing agreements, and bootcamp length. 

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

Learn More...

2019 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report
2018 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 $22,000 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* $43,348 $66,964 54%
 Median Salary* $43,000 $65,000 51%

*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 60% 82%
 Employed Part-Time 10% 3%
 Employed Freelance 5% 2%
 Self-Employed/Entrepreneur 5% 2%
 Homemaker/Stay-at-home parent 2% 0%
 Student 5% 1%
 Unemployed 14% 10%

 

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

20% 25%   27%   12%   5%
placed placed   placed   placed   placed
PRE-GRADUATION 30 DAYS   90 DAYS   120 DAYS   120+ DAYS

 

Key Finding 4. Demographics

  All Respondents 2019 Graduates
 Age Average Average
 Years 31 30
 Gender % %
Female 34% 35%
Male 64% 63%
Non-Binary 2% 2%
 Race/Ethnicity % %
White/Caucasian 71% 70%
Black/African American 6% 9%
Asian 14% 12%
Native American/Pacific Islander etc. 1% 2%
Hispanic 11% 10%
Other 7% 7%

This outcomes report also finds:

  • The average student paid $13,728 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. However, the number of students with degrees appears to be declining slightly over time.
  • Graduates report an average satisfaction rating of 8.76/10.
  • Use of external lending partners has increased drastically over time (from 15% before 2016 to 23% in 2018). For 2019 bootcamp graduates, SkillsFund is the most popular lending partner.
  • In addition to loans, Income Sharing Agreements (ISAs) continue to be a trend in the bootcamp industry: 21% of graduates used either an ISA or Deferred Tuition (while 43% of bootcampers were offered one of these options).
  • 5% of bootcamp graduates are veterans and 2% use the GI Bill to cover tuition, though this number is on the rise.

The "Survey Results" tab shows interesting Insights like:

  • Graduates working in San Francisco earn the highest average salaries ($98,412) followed by Seattle graduates who earn an average of $94,283.
  • 83% 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 ($82,260).
  • Women continue to gain ground amongst bootcamp graduates – in 2019, 35% of graduates are women. Women and men report similar salaries after graduation. 
  • The average bootcamper reported a $22,000 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 (180% growth). 
  • And interestingly, we find that the length of the bootcamp actually does have an impact on post-graduation average salary: the average salary after an 8-week bootcamp is $58,248 versus the average salary after a bootcamp that’s longer than 16 weeks, which is $71,103. 

Learn More...

2019 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report
2018 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study
 
 

 

 

Respondents in the 2019 Coding Bootcamp Student Outcomes & Demographics Study graduated from the following 79 bootcamps:

Academy Pittsburgh Acclaim Education Ada Developers Academy
Adventure Code School* App Academy Arkansas Coding Academy
Berkeley Boot Camps Bloc BoiseCodeWorks
Bottega BrainStation Claim Academy
Code Platoon CodeCraft School* CodeMasters Academy*
Coder Foundry Codeup Coding Dojo
Coding Temple Covalence Craftmanship Academy
DecodeMTL Deep Dive Coding Dev Bootcamp*
DevMountain DigitalCrafts Eleven Fifty Academy
Epicodus Flatiron School Fullstack Academy
Galvanize General Assembly Georgia Tech Boot Camps
Grace Hopper Academy Grand Circus Hack Reactor
Hackbright Academy HackerYou Ironhack
Kenzie Academy Lambda School Launch Academy
LearningFuze Lighthouse Labs Makers Academy
MAX Technical Training*** Momentum Montana Code School
Nashville Software School New York Code + Design Academy* NewForce
Noble Desktop Prime Digital Academy Pursuit**
RED Academy Redwood Code Academy Rithm School
Sabio SD Code Bootcamp Skill Distillery
Startup Institute Suncoast Developers Guild Academy Tech Elevator
Tech Talent South Techtonic Apprenticeship Techtonica
The Iron Yard* The Software Guild Thinkful
Turing School UNH Coding Boot Camp University of Arizona Boot Camps
University of Denver Boot Camps University of Oregon Boot Camp V School
We Can Code IT Wyncode Zip Code Wilmington

* These bootcamps are no longer operating.
** Formerly C4Q Access Code.
*** Formerly Cincy Code IT.

 

Learn More...

2019 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report
2018 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study
 
 

 

We received responses from graduates from 79 coding schools, commonly referred to as "bootcamps." We received 936 responses in 2019 and carried over 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 October 14, 2019.    

INCENTIVES

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

POST-STRATIFICATION

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 (2018-2019) 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.

*Post-stratification was only applied to select questions (e.g. geographical location of the bootcamp) where the relationship between bootcamp and response is clearly understood.

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.

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