Salaries

Here’s How Much Your College Major Could Earn You

When you’re in college, it’s easy to avoid thinking too far ahead into the future. You’re often so busy going to classes, cramming for exams, and hanging out with friends that you don’t always get time to think about the big picture. But for most college students, the reality is that the working world is just around the corner — and no one knows that more than the Class of 2017 students who are just about to graduate (or at some schools, already have).

Whether you’re a graduating senior or a rising freshman, though, it pays to be as informed as you possibly can. From choosing your major to finding the right job to negotiating your salary, concrete and reliable salary information can be a huge asset in ensuring that you earn what you deserve. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the median base pay in the first five years after graduation for 50 common college majors from our latest Glassdoor study.

1. Accounting: $51,562

2. Advertising: $45,000

3. Anthropology: $42,116

4. Architecture: $50,000

5. Biochemistry: $46,406

6. Biology: $42,000

7. Biomedical Engineering: $57,200

8. Biotechnology: $48,442

9. Business: $46,302

10. Chemical Engineering: $65,000

11. Chemistry: $43,040

12. Civil Engineering: $63,000

13. Communications: $43,576

14. Computer Science and Engineering: $70,000

15. Criminal Justice: $40,000

16. Economics: $55,000

17. Education: $41,203

18. Electrical Engineering: $68,438

19. English: $43,688

20. Environmental Science: $43,925

21. Exercise Science: $40,640

22. Finance: $55,000

23. Graphic Design: $45,000

24. Health Sciences: $42,500

25. Healthcare Administration: $41,000

26. History: $45,000

27. Hospitality Management: $43,306

28. Human Resources: $45,000

29. Industrial Engineering: $62,270

30. Information Technology: $63,500

31. International Relations: $45,000

32. Journalism: $43,576

33. Kinesiology: $40,000

34. Liberal Arts: $41,250

35. Management Information Systems: $60,960

36. Marketing: $46,000

37. Mathematics: $51,250

38. Mechanical Engineering: $66,040

39. Music: $41,290

40. Nursing: $63,000

41. Philosophy: $46,328

42. Physics: $52,500

43. Political Science: $45,000

44. Psychology: $41,500

45. Public Relations: $43,500

46. Social Work: $41,000

47. Sociology: $42,200

48. Spanish: $43,040

49. Sports Management: $43,576

50. Statistics: $60,000

Couldn’t find your major on the list, or didn’t quite see the numbers you were hoping for? Don’t worry — all is not lost. Use Know Your Worth™ to get a free, personalized salary estimate, and read up on our salary negotiation tips to make sure that you earn what you deserve. Your major may have an impact on your earnings, but with a little bit of research and proactivity, you can take your future into your own hands.

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