Google Software Engineer
Mountain View, CA
Last updated Jan 15 '12 at 14:23
salary.com is a pretty good source for questions around compensation. It's a little tough on that site, as the job descriptions are very specific. They won't have a general "computer engineer", but these were some close ones I pulled up.
Salary can also depend on geography, schooling, degree type, skill level, and company type. For example, a startup company in Chicago wil make less than Google or a more established company in San Francisco.
Also, you can be trained as a developer, and end up drawing up requirements, and designing features around new products. This would be more of a product/project manager position. At Google/Microsoft this will probably be around $90-110K / year, out of college. However, these jobs are very competitive.
For a developer around 60-75K would be reasonable for out of college.
Last updated Jan 13 '12 at 13:41
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average. a computer software engineer made $85,430 a year, and on average a computer hardware engineer made $97,400 a year.
Right out of college, starting salary are around $61,000 a year
San Francisco Bay Area
Last updated Feb 21 '14 at 17:18
The starting salary for Computer engineers and Software engineers are pretty good to make a decent living. From the above answers you can find the estimated numbers.
I hope you are considering becoming a computer engineer not just for the money. Nowadays students have more options to try out to see if they like Computer Engineering or Software Engineering. One of those options is to take an online course like Introduction to Computer Science or Fundamentals of Computing from coursera.com or udacity.com