Best Schools For Science Majors by Salary Potential

Find out how much alumni with a bachelor’s degree in physical or life sciences actually earn. Check out the best undergraduate physical and life science colleges by salary.

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Rank 
School Name 
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
1$70,400$152,800

1Yale University
Early Career Pay$70,400
Mid-Career Pay$152,800
2$71,200$151,900

2Princeton University
Early Career Pay$71,200
Mid-Career Pay$151,900
3$72,100$148,100

3Harvard University
Early Career Pay$72,100
Mid-Career Pay$148,100
4$70,100$146,900

4Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Early Career Pay$70,100
Mid-Career Pay$146,900
4$71,200$146,900

4Harvey Mudd College
Early Career Pay$71,200
Mid-Career Pay$146,900
6$62,200$138,000

6Colgate University
Early Career Pay$62,200
Mid-Career Pay$138,000
7$66,200$135,500

7California Institute of Technology
Early Career Pay$66,200
Mid-Career Pay$135,500
8$67,600$134,100

8United States Naval Academy
Early Career Pay$67,600
Mid-Career Pay$134,100
9$64,500$133,400

9Colorado School of Mines
Early Career Pay$64,500
Mid-Career Pay$133,400
10$65,600$133,000

10United States Military Academy
Early Career Pay$65,600
Mid-Career Pay$133,000
11$65,700$131,300

11Dartmouth College
Early Career Pay$65,700
Mid-Career Pay$131,300
12$62,200$131,100

12Brandeis University
Early Career Pay$62,200
Mid-Career Pay$131,100
13$60,300$131,000

13Cornell University
Early Career Pay$60,300
Mid-Career Pay$131,000
14$64,100$129,900

14University of California-Berkeley
Early Career Pay$64,100
Mid-Career Pay$129,900
14$63,700$129,900

14University of Pennsylvania
Early Career Pay$63,700
Mid-Career Pay$129,900
16$62,200$129,700

16Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Early Career Pay$62,200
Mid-Career Pay$129,700
17$65,700$127,800

17United States Air Force Academy
Early Career Pay$65,700
Mid-Career Pay$127,800
18$63,100$127,400

18Brown University
Early Career Pay$63,100
Mid-Career Pay$127,400
18$60,200$127,400

18Lehigh University
Early Career Pay$60,200
Mid-Career Pay$127,400
20$65,000$127,300

20Stanford University
Early Career Pay$65,000
Mid-Career Pay$127,300
21$61,100$126,800

21Swarthmore College
Early Career Pay$61,100
Mid-Career Pay$126,800
22$58,900$125,200

22University of San Francisco
Early Career Pay$58,900
Mid-Career Pay$125,200
23$55,800$124,900

23Lawrence University
Early Career Pay$55,800
Mid-Career Pay$124,900
24$57,300$123,800

24Lake Forest College
Early Career Pay$57,300
Mid-Career Pay$123,800
25$59,700$123,300

25Boston College
Early Career Pay$59,700
Mid-Career Pay$123,300
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If your dream job involves a lab coat and a test tube, the physical and life sciences are perfect for you. This year PayScale has salary data for physical and life science majors (majors like chemistry, biology, kinesiology and zoology) for graduates of numerous colleges.

If you want a high-paying career to follow your physical or life science degree, you don’t have to go to the magical land of Oz. Even though physical and life sciences aren’t the highest-paying group of majors out there, especially if you don’t go on to earn a graduate degree (salary data for this list only includes alumni whose highest degree is a bachelor’s degree), alumni with a life or physical science major often make a healthy median mid-career salary.

Even though life and physical science degrees are in STEM subjects, which are traditionally high-paying, there isn’t as high a demand for jobs related to these subjects as engineering or technology jobs, so we see lower pay overall. However, if you go on to earn a graduate degree in one of these subjects, you will often see a large pay increase.


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