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This is how much you can expect to make right after you learn to code

By Alice Truong

Deputy editor

Code School, where online courses teach people the programming languages that power the internet, recently polled more than 2,000 developers who had taken its courses and asked them how much they currently make.

Among these newly-trained programmers, there’s not a major discrepancy in salaries when broken down by gender. In fact, women appear to have an edge when it comes to the mid-tier levels, especially at the $50,000-99,999 salary bracket. A third of female respondents reported falling in that group compared with 25% of men.

Men, however, are more likely to earn six-figure salaries than women—23% compared with 17%. They’re also more willing to take lower-paying jobs, with 19% of them reporting making less than $25,000 compared with 12% of women.

One thing to keep in mind is that this survey isn’t representative of the broader workforce—though it does resemble the technical departments of companies like Google, where women made up 18% of tech roles at the beginning of 2015. Of the people Code School polled, 1,765 were men and 362 were women. (Of them, 235 men and 65 women declined to say what they make, which explains why the percentages don’t add up to 100% in the chart above.)

However, data points like these from Code School help bring greater transparency into the workplace—and in this case, there are encouraging signs that teaching more women to program is helping level the playing field.

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