Want to Earn a Top Salary? Here’s How to Pick Your College Major

Barry Lenson

Want to Earn a Top Salary? Here’s How to Pick Your College Major

Your college major should be a subject that you love, right? Well maybe so. But if part of what you love is earning a good living, perhaps you should pick a major that promises you a top salary after you graduate.

If you’re not sure what that major should be, here’s a list of the top-earning 10 undergraduate majors, compiled by PayScale. (Note that these are only the top 10 majors ranked by PayScale. See PayScale’s salary-ranked list of more than 100 college majors.)

PayScale’s Best Undergrad College Degrees by Salary

Petroleum Engineering - Starting Median Pay: $97,900; Mid-Career Median Pay: $155,000

Chemical Engineering - Starting Median Pay: $64,500; Mid-Career Median Pay: $109,000

Electrical Engineering - Starting Median Pay: $61,300; Mid-Career Median Pay: $103,000

Materials Science and Engineering - Starting Median Pay: $60,400; Mid-Career Median Pay: $103,000

Aerospace Engineering - Starting Median Pay: $60,700; Mid-Career Median Pay: $102,000

Computer Engineering - Starting Median Pay: $61,800; Mid-Career Median Pay: $101,000

Physics - Starting Median Pay: $49,800; Mid-Career Median Pay: $101,000

Applied Mathematics - Starting Median Pay: $52,600; Mid-Career Median Pay: $98,600

Computer Science - Starting Median Pay: $56,600; Mid-Career Median Pay: $97,900

Nuclear Engineering - Starting Median Pay: $65,100; Mid-Career Median Pay: $97,800

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