Top Paying College Degrees

The plan after earning your degree is to get a job, right? Hopefully.

The economy and job market are struggling.┬áIt’s not a surprising fact that more and more graduates are having trouble landing a job once they obtain their degree.

So where are the jobs? How much do they pay? Good questions.

Payscale has done some of the legwork in answering those questions for us.

Each year, Payscale compiles a variety of statistics for different majors and ranks the top paying college degrees. The chart lists the top ten majors according to starting and mid-career salaries (complete list here).

In 2010, the top earning college degree was Aerospace Engineering. For 2011, that degree was topped by four fellow engineering majors.

It’s clear to see that there is money to be made in science and math majors, yes?


Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 2 years of experience; mid-career have 15 years. See full methodology for more.

To see the full list, visit the Payscale College Salary Report.

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