Best Undergrad College Degrees By Salary

Starting Median Salary

Mid-Career Median Salary

 

 

 

1

Chemical Engineering

$63,200

$107,000

2

Computer Engineering

$61,400

$105,000

3

Electrical Engineering

$60,900

$103,000

4

Aerospace Engineering

$57,700

$101,000

5

Economics

$50,100

$98,600

6

Physics

$50,300

$97,300

7

Computer Science

$55,900

$95,500

8

Industrial Engineering

$57,700

$94,700

9

Mechanical Engineering

$57,900

$93,600

10

Math

$45,400

$92,400

11

Physician Assistant

$74,300

$91,700

12

Civil Engineering

$53,900

$90,500

13

Construction

$53,700

$88,900

14

Finance

$47,900

$88,300

15

Management Information Systems (MIS)

$49,200

$82,300

16

Philosophy

$39,900

$81,200

17

International Relations

$40,900

$80,900

18

Chemistry

$42,600

$79,900

19

Marketing

$40,800

$79,600

20

Geology

$43,500

$79,500

21

Political Science

$40,800

$78,200

22

Accounting

$46,000

$77,100

23

Architecture

$41,600

$76,800

24

Information Technology (IT)

$49,100

$74,800

25

Business Management

$43,000

$72,100

26

Agriculture

$42,600

$71,900

27

History

$39,200

$71,000

28

Communications

$38,100

$70,000

29

Film

$37,900

$68,500

30

Nursing

$54,200

$67,000

31

Journalism

$35,600

$66,700

32

Geography

$41,200

$65,500

33

Art History

$35,800

$64,900

34

Biology

$38,800

$64,800

35

English

$38,000

$64,700

36

Forestry

$39,100

$62,600

37

Anthropology

$36,800

$61,500

38

Health Care Administration

$38,800

$60,600

39

Psychology

$35,900

$60,400

40

Graphic Design

$35,700

$59,800

41

Sociology

$36,500

$58,200

42

Hospitality & Tourism

$37,800

$57,500

43

Drama

$35,900

$56,900

44

Criminal Justice

$35,000

$56,300

45

Nutrition

$39,900

$55,300

46

Music

$35,900

$55,000

47

Interior Design

$36,100

$53,200

48

Spanish

$34,000

$53,100

49

Education

$34,900

$52,000

50

Religion

$34,100

$52,000

Source: 2008 survey by http://www.payscale.com/2008-best-colleges/degrees.asp