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
401English & PsychologyBachelor's$42,400$80,70052%

401English & Psychology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$42,400
Mid-Career Pay$80,700
% High Meaning52%
401ManagementBachelor's$48,000$80,70047%

401Management
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$48,000
Mid-Career Pay$80,700
% High Meaning47%
403Applied ScienceBachelor's$42,000$80,600N/A

403Applied Science
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$42,000
Mid-Career Pay$80,600
% High MeaningN/A
403Business AdministrationBachelor's$48,500$80,60049%

403Business Administration
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$48,500
Mid-Career Pay$80,600
% High Meaning49%
405Forensic ScienceBachelor's$43,200$80,50062%

405Forensic Science
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$80,500
% High Meaning62%
405Nursing ScienceBachelor's$63,200$80,50085%

405Nursing Science
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$63,200
Mid-Career Pay$80,500
% High Meaning85%
405DesignBachelor's$48,100$80,50041%

405Design
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$48,100
Mid-Career Pay$80,500
% High Meaning41%
408Accounting & ManagementBachelor's$48,600$80,40052%

408Accounting & Management
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$48,600
Mid-Career Pay$80,400
% High Meaning52%
408Speech & DramaBachelor's$28,300$80,40058%

408Speech & Drama
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$28,300
Mid-Career Pay$80,400
% High Meaning58%
410Business ManagementBachelor's$47,700$80,20050%

410Business Management
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$80,200
% High Meaning50%
410Environmental StudiesBachelor's$44,900$80,20059%

410Environmental Studies
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$44,900
Mid-Career Pay$80,200
% High Meaning59%
412Communication Studies & JournalismBachelor's$41,800$80,00047%

412Communication Studies & Journalism
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$41,800
Mid-Career Pay$80,000
% High Meaning47%
412Dental HygieneBachelor's$70,800$80,00077%

412Dental Hygiene
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$70,800
Mid-Career Pay$80,000
% High Meaning77%
412HistoryBachelor's$44,400$80,00045%

412History
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$44,400
Mid-Career Pay$80,000
% High Meaning45%
412History & PoliticsBachelor's$46,400$80,00052%

412History & Politics
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$46,400
Mid-Career Pay$80,000
% High Meaning52%
416General & Strategic ManagementBachelor's$47,200$79,90047%

416General & Strategic Management
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$47,200
Mid-Career Pay$79,900
% High Meaning47%
416LinguisticsBachelor's$48,300$79,90044%

416Linguistics
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$48,300
Mid-Career Pay$79,900
% High Meaning44%
418Marketing & Mass CommunicationsBachelor's$41,300$79,80039%

418Marketing & Mass Communications
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$41,300
Mid-Career Pay$79,800
% High Meaning39%
418Business TechnologyBachelor's$47,700$79,800N/A

418Business Technology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$79,800
% High MeaningN/A
420AgronomyBachelor's$48,800$79,70064%

420Agronomy
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$48,800
Mid-Career Pay$79,700
% High Meaning64%
420BiologyBachelor's$43,700$79,70064%

420Biology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$79,700
% High Meaning64%
420Spanish Language Teacher EducationBachelor's$43,400$79,700N/A

420Spanish Language Teacher Education
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$43,400
Mid-Career Pay$79,700
% High MeaningN/A
420Web Design & DevelopmentBachelor's$50,000$79,70043%

420Web Design & Development
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$50,000
Mid-Career Pay$79,700
% High Meaning43%
420Workforce Education & DevelopmentBachelor's$52,500$79,70069%

420Workforce Education & Development
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$52,500
Mid-Career Pay$79,700
% High Meaning69%
425NursingBachelor's$60,900$79,60083%

425Nursing
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$60,900
Mid-Career Pay$79,600
% High Meaning83%
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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