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A puzzle concerning CS major vs. engineering major salaries

Computer science has a higher loading for intelligence than the engineering majors, so the correlation between intelligence and salary is greater. School selectivity is a measure of intelligence.

For much of the work engineers do, the difference between a smart engineer and a dumb engineer is not that much. Think designing a bridge, that has all be done before and there are general procedures for it.

Programming is different, to a good degree: the difference between the work a smart programmer does and the work a bad programmer is very significant and very n... (read more)

In my experience, women and minorities in programming tend to go into programming because it is similar to their mental maps, as opposed to a substantial percentage of the members of majority groups - white, Indian, and Asian men - who I've met, who went into programming because it pays well. Thus, in my experience, women and minorities tend to be overrepresented in the "10X" group relative to their overall representation. (My experience is that about women and minorities are about 50/50.)