From the august pages of the Wall Street Journal:
[snip] Starting salaries at leading companies for average computer science grads from top schools range from $75,000 to $100,000, plus signing and relocation bonuses worth $5,000 to $15,000, according to venture capitalists and recruiters. (New hires may also get small equity grants, with stars getting additional cash bonuses or larger grants worth as much as 1% of the company.
[snip] Companies, he said, routinely wine and dine students at posh restaurants to discuss internships and jobs, plying them with free limo rides to bars, $500 cash giveaways and raffles for iPads. So many companies give away free food when they hold technology talks at Brown that sponsors had to move the food inside the computer science auditorium to keep non-engineering students from grazing. "That did not deter people," said Mr. Poletto, who accepted a job offer with online storage start-up Dropbox.What's that I hear? The strains of "Summer Girls" by LFO? Yes! It's just like 1999 for chemists, when I was offered a signing bonus by my first employer because I seemed sort of competent. I'm glad someone is doing well in this economy. (And yes, yet more evidence that STEM is TE.)