Highest Paying Jobs With a Bachelor’s Degree

Your major can have an even bigger impact on future earnings than choice of school. Find out which majors pay you back, and which make it hard to pay back student loans.

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Rank 
Major 
Degree Type
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni w/degrees in this subject; 0-5 years work experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni w/degrees in this subject; 10+ years work experience
% High Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
376Personal Financial PlanningBachelor's$50,100$82,40060%

376Personal Financial Planning
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$50,100
Mid-Career Pay$82,400
% High Meaning60%
377Construction Engineering TechnologyBachelor's$52,800$82,30057%

377Construction Engineering Technology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$52,800
Mid-Career Pay$82,300
% High Meaning57%
378Biology & ChemistryBachelor's$46,700$82,20066%

378Biology & Chemistry
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$46,700
Mid-Career Pay$82,200
% High Meaning66%
379Environmental ScienceBachelor's$46,000$82,10060%

379Environmental Science
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$82,100
% High Meaning60%
380Geographic Information Systems (GIS)Bachelor's$46,200$82,00052%

380Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$82,000
% High Meaning52%
381Philosophy & ReligionBachelor's$40,700$81,90054%

381Philosophy & Religion
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$40,700
Mid-Career Pay$81,900
% High Meaning54%
382Pre-MedicineBachelor's$47,900$81,80065%

382Pre-Medicine
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$47,900
Mid-Career Pay$81,800
% High Meaning65%
382Product Design EngineeringBachelor's$60,400$81,800N/A

382Product Design Engineering
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$60,400
Mid-Career Pay$81,800
% High MeaningN/A
382TechnologyBachelor's$51,800$81,80062%

382Technology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$51,800
Mid-Career Pay$81,800
% High Meaning62%
385Advertising & MarketingBachelor's$45,600$81,50038%

385Advertising & Marketing
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$81,500
% High Meaning38%
385Computer Aided Design (CAD)Bachelor's$44,600$81,500N/A

385Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$44,600
Mid-Career Pay$81,500
% High MeaningN/A
387Aviation Maintenance TechnologyBachelor's$49,900$81,40059%

387Aviation Maintenance Technology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$49,900
Mid-Career Pay$81,400
% High Meaning59%
388Social EcologyBachelor's$45,600$81,30059%

388Social Ecology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$81,300
% High Meaning59%
388General ScienceBachelor's$46,200$81,30063%

388General Science
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$81,300
% High Meaning63%
388International StudiesBachelor's$46,700$81,30052%

388International Studies
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$46,700
Mid-Career Pay$81,300
% High Meaning52%
388Agricultural ScienceBachelor's$46,400$81,30061%

388Agricultural Science
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$46,400
Mid-Career Pay$81,300
% High Meaning61%
388Architectural StudiesBachelor's$42,500$81,30044%

388Architectural Studies
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$42,500
Mid-Career Pay$81,300
% High Meaning44%
393PhysiologyBachelor's$45,600$81,20059%

393Physiology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$81,200
% High Meaning59%
394EntrepreneurshipBachelor's$50,800$81,10045%

394Entrepreneurship
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$50,800
Mid-Career Pay$81,100
% High Meaning45%
395Business Management & Human Resources Management (HRM)Bachelor's$44,600$80,90056%

395Business Management & Human Resources Management (HRM)
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$44,600
Mid-Career Pay$80,900
% High Meaning56%
396English LiteratureBachelor's$44,500$80,80044%

396English Literature
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$44,500
Mid-Career Pay$80,800
% High Meaning44%
396Magazine JournalismBachelor's$43,700$80,80027%

396Magazine Journalism
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$80,800
% High Meaning27%
396Manufacturing SystemsBachelor's$70,700$80,800N/A

396Manufacturing Systems
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$70,700
Mid-Career Pay$80,800
% High MeaningN/A
396Math & ScienceBachelor's$53,600$80,80055%

396Math & Science
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$53,600
Mid-Career Pay$80,800
% High Meaning55%
396Textile & Apparel StudiesBachelor's$43,300$80,80026%

396Textile & Apparel Studies
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$43,300
Mid-Career Pay$80,800
% High Meaning26%
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A bachelor’s degree is a great investment in your future, and one of the most common degrees earned by college students. Some degrees pay you back, but others don’t do much to increase your earning potential. Your course of study influences your earning potential, so in order to plan your financial future, use PayScale’s College Salary Report to rank how different majors for bachelor’s degrees compare based on alumni salaries.

Top Bachelor Degrees

In keeping with current trends, the College Salary Report shows that the best bachelor degrees are mostly STEM-focused, meaning they are focused on science, technology, engineering or math. STEM degrees continue to be some of the highest paying degrees on the College Salary Report year after year. The top three highest-paying college majors are

Petroleum EngineerMid Career Salary: $176,900

A focus in this type of engineering will show you how to oversee production methods for retrieving oil and natural gas from the earth. Common employers of petroleum engineers include Chevron Corporation, British Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, and more. Petroleum engineering is a male-dominated field, with women representing only 11 percent.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – Mid-Career Salary: $142,200

This degree prepares students to design and build software and hardware and software for a number of applications and devices.

Applied Economics and ManagementMid-Career Salary: $140,000

A degree in Applied Economics and Management enables students to gain an understanding of how economic principles are applied in the real world. Coursework would include classes in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

In today’s job market, having a bachelor’s degree is nearly a necessity to land a rewarding, well-paying job with any possibility for advancement; a bachelor’s degree is almost essential for entry into most professional careers. In certain lines of work, like teaching and engineering, you cannot enter the field without holding at least a bachelor’s degree.


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Its clear that professions like petroleum engineering has a short live as the world is focusing on renewable energy and sustainable way of live