How much eight popular degrees pay?

For those curious about the average pay that comes with different bachelor’s degrees, we count down some of the most popular degrees from highest to lowest. The results may surprise you.

Source: Mid-career salary statistics from Payscale’s 2010-2011 College Salary Report.

Study Finance, Earn $91,500

While it may pale in comparison to petroleum engineers, who earn a whopping $157,000, finance graduates with a bachelor’s degree still do quite well, earning an average mid-career salary of $91,500. Typical finance careers include financial planners, bankers, and stockbrokers.

Study Information Technology (IT), Earn $79,300

Information technology gave birth to today’s paperless business world, making an IT bachelor’s degree valuable in every profession imaginable, from the computer industry to health care and beyond. According to Payscale’s 2010-2011 report, IT grads make nearly $80,000 mid-career.

Study Accounting, Earn $77,500

Forget about Mandarin, Spanish, or even English. The most important language in the business world is accounting. According to Payscale, those with a bachelor’s degree in accounting have an average salary of $77,500 mid-career. It’s also a smart choice for those seeking an associate’s degree since many accountants enter the workforce with only two years of training.

Study Marketing, Earn $77,300

Knowing how to market a product to the masses is a skill that will always be in demand. Grads with a bachelor’s degree in marketing get paid handsomely for their efforts, averaging at $77,300 per year mid-career. For even quicker training, you can earn a marketing associate’s degree.

Study Business, Earn $70,600

While business administration remains one of the most popular bachelor’s degrees, Payscale broke down undergraduate business degrees into two categories: international business and business. Today’s global economy gives a slight edge to international business majors, who average at $73,700 mid-career, just ahead of the $70,600 in average salary for business majors.

Study Literature, Earn $65,700

Sure, you will strengthen your reading and writing skills by studying literature. But reading great books can also deepen your ability to understand the human condition. Literature majors often move on to study law or work in communications or marketing as writers and editors.

Study Human Resources (HR), Earn $61,900

Recruiting and retaining the best and brightest employees is an HR professional’s goal. By gaining a bachelor’s in human resources, you can position yourself for a mid-career salary of nearly $62,000 by learning how to best use your people skills in all kinds of workplace environments.

Study Criminal Justice, Earn $58,000

Lawyers and paralegals aren’t the only ones who study laws and how to apply them. Everyone from federal agents and police officers to private investigators can benefit from studying criminal justice. A mid-career salary of $58,000 is the norm for those with a bachelor’s degree.

Best Undergrad College Degrees By Salary – Full List
BEST UNDERGRAD COLLEGE DEGREES BY SALARY STARTING MEDIAN PAY MID-CAREER MEDIAN PAY
Petroleum Engineering $93,000 $157,000
Aerospace Engineering $59,400 $108,000
Chemical Engineering $64,800 $108,000
Electrical Engineering $60,800 $104,000
Nuclear Engineering $63,900 $104,000
Applied Mathematics $56,400 $101,000
Biomedical Engineering $54,800 $101,000
Physics $50,700 $99,600
Computer Engineering $61,200 $99,500
Economics $48,800 $97,800
Computer Science $56,200 $97,700
Industrial Engineering $58,200 $97,600
Mechanical Engineering $58,300 $97,400
Building Construction $52,900 $94,500
Materials Science & Engineering $59,400 $93,600
Civil Engineering $53,500 $93,400
Statistics $50,000 $92,900
Finance $47,500 $91,500
Software Engineering $56,700 $91,300
Management Information Systems $50,900 $90,300
Mathematics $46,400 $88,300
Government $41,500 $87,300
Information Systems $49,300 $87,100
Construction Management $50,400 $87,000
Environmental Engineering $51,000 $85,500
Electrical Engineering Technology $55,500 $85,300
Supply Chain Management $49,400 $84,500
Mechanical Engineering Technology $53,300 $84,300
Chemistry $42,400 $83,700
Computer Information Systems $48,300 $83,100
International Relations $42,400 $83,000
Molecular Biology $40,200 $82,900
Urban Planning $41,600 $82,800
Industrial Design $42,100 $82,300
Geology $44,600 $82,200
Biochemistry $39,800 $82,000
Political Science $40,100 $81,700
Industrial Technology $49,400 $81,500
Food Science $48,500 $81,100
Information Technology $49,600 $79,300
Architecture $41,900 $78,400
Telecommunications $40,000 $78,300
Film Production $36,100 $77,800
Accounting $44,600 $77,500
Marketing $38,600 $77,300
Occupational Health and Safety $52,300 $77,000
Civil Engineering Technology $48,100 $75,600
International Business $42,600 $73,700
Advertising $37,800 $73,200
History $38,500 $73,000
Philosophy $39,100 $72,900
Biology $38,400 $72,800
Microbiology $40,600 $72,600
American Studies $40,900 $72,500
Fashion Design $37,700 $72,200
Communications $38,200 $72,200
Environmental Science $41,600 $71,600
Global & International Studies $38,400 $71,400
Geography $39,600 $71,200
Business $41,100 $70,600
Public Administration $39,000 $70,600
Landscape Architecture $43,200 $70,300
Biotechnology $47,500 $70,100
Zoology $34,600 $68,800
Drama $40,700 $68,300
Nursing $52,700 $68,200
Health Sciences $38,300 $68,100
Radio & Television $39,200 $67,800
Hotel Management $37,900 $67,600
English $37,800 $67,500
Forestry $37,000 $67,200
Journalism $35,800 $66,600
Hospitality & Tourism $36,200 $65,800
Literature $37,500 $65,700
Public Health $37,800 $65,700
Liberal Arts $35,700 $63,900
Public Relations $35,700 $63,400
Anthropology $36,200 $62,900
Psychology $35,300 $62,500
Animal Science $34,600 $62,100
Sociology $36,600 $62,100
Human Resources $38,100 $61,900
Kinesiology $34,400 $61,600
French $39,600 $61,400
Multimedia & Web Design $40,100 $61,200
Photography $35,100 $61,200
Health Care Administration $37,700 $60,800
Organizational Management $41,500 $60,500
Fine Arts $35,400 $60,300
Humanities $38,600 $60,100
Sports Management $37,300 $59,800
Agriculture $42,300 $59,700
Theater $35,300 $59,600
Fashion Merchandising $35,000 $59,300
Medical Technology $43,800 $59,300
Exercise Science $32,800 $59,000
Spanish $37,100 $58,200
Criminal Justice $35,600 $58,000
Visual Communication $36,800 $57,700
Social Science $38,100 $57,200
Art History $39,400 $57,100
Music $36,700 $57,000
Graphic Design $35,400 $56,800
Nutrition $42,200 $56,700
Interior Design $34,400 $56,600
Interdisciplinary Studies $35,600 $55,700
Education $35,100 $54,900
Art $33,500 $54,800
Religious Studies $34,700 $54,400
Dietetics $40,400 $54,200
Special Education $36,000 $53,800
Recreation & Leisure Studies $33,300 $53,200
Theology $34,700 $51,300
Paralegal Studies/Law $35,100 $51,300
Horticulture $35,000 $50,800
Culinary Arts $35,900 $50,600
Athletic Training $32,800 $45,700
Social Work $31,800 $44,900
Elementary Education $31,600 $44,400
Child and Family Studies $29,500 $38,400

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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