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. [Read More]

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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