BEST UNDERGRAD COLLEGE DEGREES BY SALARY, 2010-2011

  STARTING MEDIAN PAY MID-CAREER MEDIAN PAY
Undergraduate Major Amount Rank Amount Rank
Petroleum Engineering $93,000 1 $157,000 1
Chemical Engineering $64,800 2 $108,000 2
Aerospace Engineering $59,400 6 $108,000 3
Nuclear Engineering $63,900 3 $104,000 4
Electrical Engineering $60,800 5 $104,000 5
Applied Mathematics $56,400 11 $101,000 6
Biomedical Engineering $54,800 14 $101,000 7
Physics $50,700 22 $99,600 8
Computer Engineering $61,200 4 $99,500 9
Economics $48,800 29 $97,800 10
Computer Science $56,200 12 $97,700 11
Industrial Engineering $58,200 9 $97,600 12
Mechanical Engineering $58,300 8 $97,400 13
Building Construction $52,900 17 $94,500 14
Materials Science & Engineering $59,400 7 $93,600 15
Civil Engineering $53,500 15 $93,400 16
Statistics $50,000 24 $92,900 17
Finance $47,500 33 $91,500 18
Software Engineering $56,700 10 $91,300 19
Management Information Systems $50,900 21 $90,300 20
Mathematics $46,400 35 $88,300 21
Government $41,500 49 $87,300 22
Information Systems $49,300 28 $87,100 23
Construction Management $50,400 23 $87,000 24
Environmental Engineering $51,000 20 $85,500 25
Electrical Engineering Technology $55,500 13 $85,300 26
Supply Chain Management $49,400 26 $84,500 27
Mechanical Engineering Technology $53,300 16 $84,300 28
Chemistry $42,400 41 $83,700 29
Computer Information Systems $48,300 31 $83,100 30
International Relations $42,400 42 $83,000 31
Molecular Biology $40,200 56 $82,900 32
Urban Planning $41,600 47 $82,800 33
Industrial Design $42,100 45 $82,300 34
Geology $44,600 36 $82,200 35
Biochemistry $39,800 60 $82,000 36
Political Science $40,100 57 $81,700 37
Industrial Technology $49,400 27 $81,500 38
Food Science $48,500 30 $81,100 39
Information Technology $49,600 25 $79,300 40
Architecture $41,900 46 $78,400 41
Telecommunications $40,000 59 $78,300 42
Film Production $36,100 91 $77,800 43
Accounting $44,600 37 $77,500 44
Marketing $38,600 67 $77,300 45
Occupational Health and Safety $52,300 19 $77,000 46
Civil Engineering Technology $48,100 32 $75,600 47
International Business $42,600 40 $73,700 48
Advertising $37,800 77 $73,200 49
History $38,500 69 $73,000 50
Philosophy $39,100 65 $72,900 51
Biology $38,400 70 $72,800 52
Microbiology $40,600 54 $72,600 53
American Studies $40,900 52 $72,500 54
Communications $38,200 73 $72,200 55
Fashion Design $37,700 80 $72,200 56
Environmental Science $41,600 48 $71,600 57
Global & International Studies $38,400 71 $71,400 58
Geography $39,600 61 $71,200 59
Business $41,100 51 $70,600 60
Public Administration $39,000 66 $70,600 61
Landscape Architecture $43,200 39 $70,300 62
Biotechnology $47,500 34 $70,100 63
Zoology $34,600 110 $68,800 64
Drama $40,700 53 $68,300 65
Nursing $52,700 18 $68,200 66
Health Sciences $38,300 72 $68,100 67
Radio & Television $39,200 64 $67,800 68
Hotel Management $37,900 76 $67,600 69
English $37,800 78 $67,500 70
Forestry $37,000 85 $67,200 71
Journalism $35,800 94 $66,600 72
Hospitality & Tourism $36,200 89 $65,800 73
Public Health $37,800 79 $65,700 74
Literature $37,500 82 $65,700 75
Liberal Arts $35,700 95 $63,900 76
Public Relations $35,700 96 $63,400 77
Anthropology $36,200 90 $62,900 78
Psychology $35,300 101 $62,500 79
Sociology $36,600 88 $62,100 80
Animal Science $34,600 111 $62,100 81
Human Resources $38,100 74 $61,900 82
Kinesiology $34,400 112 $61,600 83
French $39,600 62 $61,400 84
Multimedia & Web Design $40,100 58 $61,200 85
Photography $35,100 103 $61,200 86
Health Care Administration $37,700 81 $60,800 87
Organizational Management $41,500 50 $60,500 88
Fine Arts $35,400 99 $60,300 89
Humanities $38,600 68 $60,100 90
Sports Management $37,300 83 $59,800 91
Agriculture $42,300 43 $59,700 92
Theater $35,300 102 $59,600 93
Medical Technology $43,800 38 $59,300 94
Fashion Merchandising $35,000 106 $59,300 95
Exercise Science $32,800 116 $59,000 96
Spanish $37,100 84 $58,200 97
Criminal Justice $35,600 97 $58,000 98
Visual Communication $36,800 86 $57,700 99
Social Science $38,100 75 $57,200 100
Art History $39,400 63 $57,100 101
Music $36,700 87 $57,000 102
Graphic Design $35,400 100 $56,800 103
Nutrition $42,200 44 $56,700 104
Interior Design $34,400 113 $56,600 105
Interdisciplinary Studies $35,600 98 $55,700 106
Education $35,100 104 $54,900 107
Art $33,500 114 $54,800 108
Religious Studies $34,700 108 $54,400 109
Dietetics $40,400 55 $54,200 110
Special Education $36,000 92 $53,800 111
Recreation & Leisure Studies $33,300 115 $53,200 112
Paralegal Studies/Law $35,100 105 $51,300 113
Theology $34,700 109 $51,300 114
Horticulture $35,000 107 $50,800 115
Culinary Arts $35,900 93 $50,600 116
Athletic Training $32,800 117 $45,700 117
Social Work $31,800 118 $44,900 118
Elementary Education $31,600 119 $44,400 119
Child and Family Studies $29,500 120 $38,400 120

Methodology: This chart is based upon PayScale Salary Survey data for full-time employees in the United States who possess a Bachelor's degree and no higher degrees and have majored in the subjects listed above. These results may not represent all graduates with these degrees. All colleges and universities across the nation were included. As a result, median salary figures may be skewed toward large state universities, since these schools have the largest attendance. Salary is the sum of compensation from base salary, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and overtime, if applicable. Salary does not include equity (stock) compensation.
Source: PayScale 2010-2011 College Salary Report (http://www.payscale.com/best-colleges/degrees.asp)