Carnegie Mellon grads can make ‘unheard of’ $200K in self-driving car jobs
Competition for talent in Pittsburgh’s self-driving car market is pushing salaries for some Carnegie Mellon University graduates as high as $200,000, according to a CNBC story .
Andrew Moore, dean of CMU’s computer science school, told the publication that the salary packages for computer vision graduates have reached “unheard of” levels.
The university has been a pioneer in self-driving cars since at least the 1980s , when scientists there started building autonomous cars to drive them around campus and local parks.
Uber announced in the spring of 2016 that it was testing its self-driving cars on Pittsburgh’s streets, and several new companies have opened offices here since. Delphi is testing its cars here . Argo AI, a Pittsburgh startup funded by Ford, announced a Strip District Office last winter . Aurora Innovation opened an office in the city, calling “Pittsburgh talent” a “key strategic element.”
Moore told CNBC he thinks there are 1,000 to 2,000 people in the city with jobs in the self-driving car industry, and several of the companies have openings.
The hefty salaries likely will help new graduates tackle any debt they accumulated at the school, which costs about $68,000 per year to attend, according to its website.
Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-380-5676, [email protected] or via Twitter @wesventeicher.