13 Best Paying College Majors

girl_graduate_waving_md_clr The Huffington Post recently published an article on the 13 best-paying college majors.  Note that 12 of the 13 require a strong physics and science background, and all 13 require strong math skills.  Thanks to Louis Carusone of Eastridge High School for sharing this article and link.  You can find the entire article online at the Huffington Post.  I have summarized their data below:

 

Major

Median Starting Pay

Mid-Career Median Pay

Petroleum Engineering

$97,900

$155,000

Chemical Engineering

$64,500

$109,000

Electrical Engineering

$61,300

$103,000

Materials Science / Eng

$60,400

$103,000

Aerospace Engineering

$60,700

$102,000

Computer Engineering

$61,800

$101,000

Physics

$49,800

$101,000

Applied Mathematics

$52,600

$98,600

Computer Science

$56,600

$97,900

Nuclear Engineering

$65,100

$97,800

Biomedical Engineering

$53,800

$97,800

Economics

$47,300

$94,700

Mechanical Engineering

$58,400

$94,500

2 Replies to “13 Best Paying College Majors”

  1. I am so curious about the physics major numbers. Are these physics majors ONLY (not physics double-major with something else), and where are they finding these high paying jobs with just a bachelor’s degree? That is certainly not what my physics major friends have experienced in the past decade or so.

    • Excellent question. I’m just summarizing the data as presented in the Huffington Post article, specifically noting the emphasis on engineering, science and mathematics. Links to the original article and source are included in the blog post for further information.

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