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College Graduate Salaries by Major


Man on a Job InterviewCollege graduate salaries are an important consideration when you are choosing your course of study. Wondering which college majors earn the top average college graduate salaries?

College graduate salaries are influenced by a range of factors – not solely your choice of major.

Other factors that affect college graduate salaries are the industry in which you’re employed, your location and your occupation.

A recent report released by PayScale shows that many of the highest starting salaries go to engineering and computer science majors.

Petroleum engineers earn the highest starting salary by far, at $98,000. Humanities majors, by comparison, receive an average starting salary of $35,600.

Having an idea of typical college graduate salaries in your field can clearly be helpful when you’re selecting a career path. It’s also useful information when you’re choosing a major or minor field.

Take a look at the college graduate salaries listed below to get an idea of what to expect when you begin your career. Remember: these are only average college graduate salaries – they don’t represent every first job!

Average New College Graduate Salaries

Discipline or Major

Average Starting Salary

Computer Science

$58,400

Nursing

$54,100

Civil Engineering

$53,800

Physics

$51,200

Applied Mathematics

$50,800

Statistics

$49,300

Economics

$48,500

Chemistry

$44,700

International Relations

$40,600

Political Science

$40,300

History

$39,000

Communications

$38,900

English

$38,100

Education

$37,200

Journalism

$36,800

Sociology

$36,000

Public Health

$35,000

Art

$34,400

Theater

$33,200

Social Work

$33,100

Obviously, salary alone shouldn’t solely determine what career you choose or what job you take after graduation.

However, knowing the average college graduate salaries for entry-level jobs in your field can tell you what to expect during your job hunt– and when you start negotiating conditions with your new employer.

 



6 Responses to “College Graduate Salaries by Major”

  1. janvaris jackson Says:

    This is all excellent info. What it fails to mention is the NUMBER of jobs available in each major compared to no. of respective graduates. For example, it is “rare” for Psychology majors to find a job in their field after graduation. Essentially, the market value of a Psychology/Sociology degree is no different than that of a high school graduate. For these majors, the unwritten rule is that one needs (at least0 a master’s degree and often a Ph.D. to actually get a job in their field. I know. I am a Psychology graduate.

  2. Which College Majors Pay the Most? 25 Excellent Studies and Rankings | College Stats.org Says:

    [...] College Graduate Salaries by Field and Major: This University Language Services list us based upon the NACE report, but shows average salary for all new college grads as well (almost $50k). [...]

  3. Joe Ohler, Jr. Says:

    “…Your happines matters more (than salary).”
    Why yes, it’s splendid to be doing hard labor as an all-purpose sub-contractor for a living despite having a Master’s degree in public administration, a Bachelor’s in political science, and some web development experience. That $10 an hour will be perfect for paying off $50,000+ in student loan debt. Hooray for higher education, hooray!
    (immense sarcasm, *obviously*)

  4. Germ Says:

    What about biology? I don’t see that on the list, but probably they don’t get paid much anyway.

  5. Ronen at University Language Says:

    According to the study, Biology majors have an average $39,100 starting salary.

  6. Alexis Says:

    Overall good article but what about business?

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