The Proof is in the Results

The average starting salary for 2019 Capstone graduates is


within 12 weeks of graduation

We're the only online program whose graduates' salaries
average over $100,000. (US Graduates only)

For the past 3 years, 100% of Capstone graduates
have accepted job offers within 180 days of graduation, with an average of under 70 days.

Launch School Capstone Results

All numbers below are for full-time Software Engineering roles. There are no part-time or contracting positions. There are no "consultants", "evangelists", "entrepreneurs", "sales engineers", etc. Numbers reflect the accepted base salary only and do not include other compensation, such as signing bonus, annual bonus, annual raises, stock units, stock options, etc.

2019 Capstone Salaries

Location Average Starting Salary Students Average Duration to Accepted Offer
New York City $129,167 3 12 weeks
San Francisco/Bay Area $117,500 2 10 weeks
Other US Cities $114,333 6 8.83 weeks
Remote (US) $102,081 3 9 weeks
All United States $115,339 14 9.71 weeks

2018 Capstone Salaries

Location Average Starting Salary Students Average Duration to Accepted Offer
New York City $132,500 5 9 weeks
San Francisco/Bay Area $123,482 7 10.71 weeks
Other US Cities $113,125 4 5.5 weeks
Remote (US) $100,000 1 12 weeks
All United States $122,316 17 9.06 weeks

Cumulative Capstone Salaries (2016 - 2019)

Location Average Starting Salary Students Average Duration to Accepted Offer
New York City $128,214 14 9 weeks
San Francisco/Bay Area $115,586 16 10.5 weeks
Other US Cities $108,107 14 7.79 weeks
Remote (US) $99,249 5 10.4 weeks
All United States $115,390 49 9.29 weeks

Our Salaries Are The Highest

Launch School Capstone salaries are the highest in the learn-to-code industry, whether we're comparing with in-person or online programs. Hover over the data points to see sample size and average duration to accepted offer.

Launching a Career

The Capstone Program is our "finishing program" at Launch School. The goal of Capstone and Launch School is to launch a rewarding career, not just land a job. Showing these salary numbers is our way of quantifying the quality of jobs for which our graduates are competing -- and getting. Read more about the Capstone Program and see the outstanding Capstone Projects produced by our graduates.

Success Stories

These are students who have completed the entire Launch School curriculum, from the Core Curriculum through Capstone. The entire process typically lasts from 1-2+ years. Read their stories to get a feel for their journey and transformation.

  • I can't speak highly enough of the support of both the staff and student community fostered at Launch School. Those who commit to the Launch School path will find themselves surrounded by dedicated and encouraging fellow students and staff who will then comprise a strong network of top-notch Software Engineers.

    Melissa Manousos
  • Even after accepting a lead instructor position with a notable bootcamp, I was unsatisfied with my career trajectory. It was only once I joined Capstone that I saw the true power of "just-in-time" learning. I refined my understanding of higher level concepts, designed and built an amazing project with a distributed team, and landed an engineering role with a world-class organization led by a legendary tech entrepreneur.

    Derick Gross
  • I had a mountain of student loan debt that I’d taken on to get an undergraduate and then graduate degree, and knew I’d never be able to pay off. I completed the core curriculum and joined Capstone which then got me a six-figure salary as a Software Engineer within 4 weeks of starting the job hunt.

    Wendy Kuhn
  • I didn’t just want a job, I wanted a rewarding career where I could meaningfully contribute and grow for years to come. With the baseline knowledge and habits established in the core curriculum and the intensity of the Capstone program, I feel well prepared to stay relevant across an ever-changing industry.

    William Mills
  • I had been working for ten years in a different industry and was ready for a career change. I was at the point where I needed something beyond self-study to prepare me for a career as a developer. Luckily, I found Launch School.

    Jason Overby
  • It’s hard to overestimate the role Launch School’s Capstone and the Core Curriculum programs played in me getting my first full time tech job. My first full time tech job far exceeded my expectations in terms of salary and seniority level.

    Daniel Rote
  • I believe that the Capstone program gave me the rare opportunity to get serious mentorship and team experience that would have taken years to receive on the job.

    Jacob Coker-Dukowitz
  • Experts always return to fundamentals because they are the foundation on which everything else is built. Launch School’s core program embodies this principle by emphasizing mastery of fundamentals through purposeful individual study.

    Sienna Wood
  • I would not hesitate to say that Launch School was the most well-structured and effective learning experience I’ve ever had the pleasure of participating in.

    Nick Miller
  • I eventually landed an offer with DigitialOcean - which is beyond my imagination!

    Ying Chyi Gooi
  • Anyone who aspires to push themselves to be the best that they can be should consider Capstone. Capstone really is a fantastic career-launching step.

    Josh Nelson
  • The core curriculum provides a solid platform and jumping off point to go learn almost anything you could want to in programming

    Max Appleton
  • Within two weeks of sending out my first application, I was getting contacted so often that I had to start turning away opportunities for interviews. I had the freedom to choose where I would work and I ended up accepting an incredible offer for a Software Engineer II position from a tech startup in Manhattan.

    Tannr Allard
  • I never thought I’d be making 6 figures in my twenties but I just landed my number 1 choice company and in a mid-level Software Engineering role just two weeks after completing Capstone.

    Steven Shen
  • And the end result? I’ve landed my dream job at DigitalOcean as a Software Engineer II for the Network Services team, skipping an entry level role and working on projects & technologies that I thought out of my reach just 2 years ago. And more than doubling my salary from my previous job!

    Julius Zerwick
  • Your ultimate goal should be to get one of the top jobs out there. And trust me, the Launch School team and their curriculum are more than capable of helping you to achieve that.

    Konstantin Minevskiy
  • Was it all worth it in the end? Without a doubt, my answer is a resounding yes! After 10 weeks on the job hunt, I accepted an offer for a position where I’ll be making more than $100k/year.

    Tiffany Han
    San Francisco Bay Area
  • Within 10 weeks of my first application, I had accepted a large salary and a small bonus at a company whose mission I was genuinely excited about.

    Elise Olivares
    San Francisco
  • From the first glance, it was apparent that Launch School had been founded by industry veterans. I have never encountered a curriculum more in-depth and rigorous

    Sunny Beatteay
    New York City
  • I often thought about making a career change into software development, but it wasn’t until I found Launch School that I felt confident that I could make that ambition a reality.

    Walid Wahed
    New York City
  • Had it not been for Launch School and Capstone, I would still be working a dead-end job with no real ambitions. Now that I am on the hiring side, I would not hesitate to hire Capstone graduates from Launch School, especially from personal experience that Capstone is the real deal.

    Timmy Lee
  • Capstone - If I could sum it up in one phrase it’d be this: you will blow yourself away. Your foundational investment will payoff as you build something truly awesome.

    Lukas Nimmo
  • I was able to join a company in a new domain with a new tech stack because Launch School doesn't focus on the hot topic of the day but the more important underlying ideas and concepts

    Michael Mentele
    San Francisco
  • I can say with confidence that there is simply no better way to launch a career in software engineering than with Launch School

    Tyler Guillen
  • Thanks to Launch School's guidance, philosophy, curriculum and Capstone Program, I am now a Software Engineer working a job in NYC and earning well over $100k/year

    Antoine LeClercq
  • I have not once regretted my decision to join Launch School and its Capstone program

    Vincent DeVendra
    Boston, MA, USA
  • The fact of the matter is that I simply would not have been provided the top quality job opportunity that I ultimately accepted if it wasn’t for the process that we followed and the mentoring that we were given.

    Perry Carbone
    New York, NY, USA

These stories are from students who did not participate in the Capstone Program, and either completed the Core Curriculum or stopped Launch School before completing the entire Core Curriculum. Despite not completing Capstone, many still landed great opportunities and there's a common theme of learning with patience. If you look carefully, you'll notice that many of these non-Capstone students also spent years at Launch School.

  • If you cannot do Capstone for whatever reasons, let me assure you that the Core Curriculum is more than enough to prepare you for a successful entry into the software engineering world.

    Markus Unger
  • This could be the program for you if you're looking for something that's more on the hardcore end of the spectrum

    Ryan Gilbert
  • The biggest take away that I got from Launch School was confidence. I solve software engineering problems for a living and every day I reach back to the patterns that I learned here.

    Tommy Caruso
  • Suffice to say, I'm excelling at my job and it's all thanks to a tremendous amount of hard work, dedication, and Launch School.

    Alex Henegar
  • Aside from being a good resource for beginners, Launch School has proven transformational to me as a prior startup founder with a few years of programming experiences and a MS in Software Engineering

    Sonia Lin
  • Launch School has given me the belief that I can accomplish anything that I put my mind to; perhaps the most valuable lesson of all

    Adrian Carroll
  • I've gained the attitude of constantly looking for better ways to do things, understanding my tools more deeply and working to become a better developer

    Conrad Beach
  • It is clear that the Launch School team really cares about offering the best program they can

    Kristen Wilde
  • I even believe I've learned how to learn better, and I've become a better problem-solver in general throughout the coursework

    Patrick Brennan
  • I got a different role making significantly more than twice what I had been making as a 'web specialist', putting me firmly in six-figure

    Steve Kolock
    New York
  • There was never a moment when I felt as though I was glossing over a key detail and that aspect of the program gave me the confidence to tackle increasingly difficult problems as the months went by

    Chris Theodoridis
  • It was the best investment of my time that I made. Even better than going to university!

    Cristian Rennella
  • Launch School has already given me not only the ability to create full stack web applications from scratch - it's also given me the confidence to get a new job writing code and solving problems

    Alex Dzwonchyk
  • Launch School gave me all of the core tools I needed to start building meaningful, useful software applications

    Charlie Reese
  • Launch School truly prepares you to be an asset on day one of a real job in the industry.

    Jevon Hayter
  • Launch School doesn’t just teach you the fundamentals of programming and web development, but it also gives you the tools and context to learn anything you want to learn on your own

    Hsuancheng Chen
  • I'd like to share my experience with new Launch Schoolers, don't doubt, trust Launch School, follow the syllabus, make your efforts, your decision is 100% correct

    Jamie Wen
  • I've been working as a Rails developer for almost 2 years now. It's quite likely that I wouldn't have made it if I hadn't chosen Launch School.

    Roy Huang
  • This programme opened possibilities for me that would have taken me years to reach

    Letladi Sebesho
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Taking this program is one of the best decisions that I have ever made.

    Yufei Chen
    Melbourne, Australia
  • I landed what I consider being the perfect junior ruby developer job before even finishing the program

    David Besserman
    Paris, France
  • In the end I landed a great job after I completed my study at Launch School

    Peter Karth
    Rocky Mount, NC, USA
  • In the end I truly believe that Launch School changed my life

    Daniel Schonfeld
    Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Signing up for Launch School was a life-defining moment for me

    Liam Brady
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • I still can't believe that I went from a job that was basically shuffling papers to a job that lets me build an app for Olympic games

    Toni Cesarek
    Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Bottom line, complete this program and you will have all the skills you need to land a job or build your own products

    Jeffrey Knox
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • After only 3 weeks of finishing the program I was working full time as a Jr Developer in an amazing company in downtown Toronto

    Eduardo Poleo
    Toronto, Canada
  • This is the course to go for to get a concrete foundation on programming

    Sheng Yeong
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • It's probably the best investment (time and money) I did for myself in a long time

    Arjun Rajkumar
    Bengaluru, India
  • This program is by far the most advanced, cost effective way of learning how to be a real programmer and get paid like one

    Gus Pares
    Miami Beach, FL, USA
  • I highly recommend Launch School's program for anyone who wants to learn how to code and land a job as a software engineer

    Robert Jewell
    New York, New York, USA
  • The ones that I had on my short list were, Thinkful, General Assembly, and Launch School. I chose Launch School because it was the only one that was forcused on building students a robust foundation and because its model allowed me to work through the courses at my own pace

    Dito Hartoto
    Melbourne, Australia
  • If you are considering doing a bootcamp or any sort of online course to become a web developer, you have found the one - Launch School

    Yvette Gonzalez
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • The true value of this course is actually learning how to think like a developer, how to approach your problems, and how to seek out the answers

    Patrick Ng
    Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • If you're really considering becoming a Web developer from scratch, this is the right place for you

    Roy Zinn
    Tel Aviv, Israel
  • I highly recommend Launch School for beginners to web development or programming in general

    Anthony Licari
    Queens, New York, USA
  • In just 2 months after completing the last course and submersing myself into the local Rails community, I got an offer as a Rails developer from a Fortune 100 company

    Robin Paul
    Austin, Texas, USA

These are articles that current students are writing about while working through Launch School. Topics range from technical explanations to reflections on learning to mastery. Great results are obvious when the curriculum is rigorous enough, but if you really want to get an idea of what it feels like while on the journey to mastery, read these reflections.