Carnegie Mellon grads can make ‘unheard of’ $200K in self-driving car jobs |

Carnegie Mellon grads can make ‘unheard of’ $200K in self-driving car jobs

Wesley Venteicher
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Uber's unveiling of its autonomous fleet Tuesday Sept. 13, 2016, from their Pittsburgh headquarters in the Strip District.

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.

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