Earning a graduate degree is a great investment in your future, if you choose wisely. Some degrees pay you back, but others don't do much to increase your earning potential. Subject matters, so in order to plan your financial future, use PayScale's College Salary Report to rank how different majors for graduate degrees compare based on alumni salaries. This list includes MBA focuses, non-MBA master's degree majors, Bachelor's degree majors and associate degree majors.
If the highest earning graduate degree looks familiar, you've probably seen our list of bachelor's degree majors ranked by salary potential. Petroleum engineering is a subject near the top of both lists. No matter what degree level you obtain in petroleum engineering, you'll probably have an easy time finding a high-paying job. It just depends on how much time you want to spend in school.
If you want to study law, your salary potential will vary wildly depending on where you attend law school.
Finally, the lowest salaries of grad school alumni belong to workers who hold non-MBA Master's's degrees in education and human service majors. Master's' degrees in early childhood education, human services, counselor psychology, divinity, community counseling and mental health counseling all have low median mid-career salaries.