Career Planning

10 Majors with the Highest Salaries for College Graduates

Make the most of your first job -- literally.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

November 27, 2019

10 Majors with the Highest Salaries for College Graduates
Go to college. Get a job. Make money. Generally speaking, this is the point of going to college. There are plenty of other benefits that are earned along the way – academic achievement, unique study abroad experiences and networking opportunities. But if you ask most students why they’re going to college, they’ll tell you – to start my journey along a career path that ensures success. And what is success? In this context, it is a stable job that provides the financial resources necessary to buy a home, save for retirement and live a life that maximizes potential. Payscale released the best-paying jobs for college graduates after analyzing starting and mid-career salaries. These jobs can help to propel college graduates along that path for success. So whether you’re declaring your major or entering the workforce, these are the jobs to land. 10. Aeronautics and Astronautics Median early career pay: $73,100
Median mid-career pay: $131,600
9. Pharmacy Median early career pay: $79,600
Median mid-career pay: $132,500
8. Business Analysis Median early career pay: $57,200
Median mid-career pay: $133,200
7. Electrical Power Engineering Median early career pay: $72,400
Median mid-career pay: $134,700
6. Actuarial Mathematics Median early career pay: $63,300
Median mid-career pay: $135,100
5. Political Economy Median early career pay: $57,600
Median mid-career pay: $136,200
4. Operations Research Median early career pay: $77,900
Median mid-career pay: $137,100
3. Applied Economics and Management Median early career pay: $58,900
Median mid-career pay: $140,000
2. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Median early career pay: $88,000
Median mid-career pay: $142,200
1. Petroleum Engineering Median early career pay: $94,500
Median mid-career pay: $176,900
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