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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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
101Materials EngineeringBachelor's$68,600$98,40061%

101Materials Engineering
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$68,600
Mid-Career Pay$98,400
% High Meaning61%
102Information Systems ManagementBachelor's$57,300$98,30048%

102Information Systems Management
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$57,300
Mid-Career Pay$98,300
% High Meaning48%
102Microbiology & ImmunologyBachelor's$47,700$98,300N/A

102Microbiology & Immunology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$98,300
% High MeaningN/A
104Information Systems (IS)Bachelor's$58,200$98,20043%

104Information Systems (IS)
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$58,200
Mid-Career Pay$98,200
% High Meaning43%
105Computer Science & Information TechnologyBachelor's$61,400$97,70048%

105Computer Science & Information Technology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$61,400
Mid-Career Pay$97,700
% High Meaning48%
106Molecular BiologyBachelor's$50,400$97,50074%

106Molecular Biology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$50,400
Mid-Career Pay$97,500
% High Meaning74%
107Information Technology ManagementBachelor's$56,700$97,30045%

107Information Technology Management
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$56,700
Mid-Career Pay$97,300
% High Meaning45%
108Physics & AstronomyBachelor's$54,600$97,100N/A

108Physics & Astronomy
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$54,600
Mid-Career Pay$97,100
% High MeaningN/A
109Strategic ManagementBachelor's$61,200$97,000N/A

109Strategic Management
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$61,200
Mid-Career Pay$97,000
% High MeaningN/A
109Construction EngineeringBachelor's$62,500$97,00053%

109Construction Engineering
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$62,500
Mid-Career Pay$97,000
% High Meaning53%
111Manufacturing ManagementBachelor's$59,600$96,900N/A

111Manufacturing Management
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$59,600
Mid-Career Pay$96,900
% High MeaningN/A

Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$56,000
Mid-Career Pay$96,500
% High Meaning40%
113Computer Information SystemsBachelor's$54,400$96,30039%

113Computer Information Systems
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$54,400
Mid-Career Pay$96,300
% High Meaning39%
114Computer Information Systems (CIS)Bachelor's$56,000$96,00044%

114Computer Information Systems (CIS)
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$56,000
Mid-Career Pay$96,000
% High Meaning44%
114Applied EconomicsBachelor's$58,100$96,00030%

114Applied Economics
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$58,100
Mid-Career Pay$96,000
% High Meaning30%
116International BusinessBachelor's$51,200$95,80040%

116International Business
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$51,200
Mid-Career Pay$95,800
% High Meaning40%
117Operations Management (OM)Bachelor's$55,900$95,70044%

117Operations Management (OM)
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$55,900
Mid-Career Pay$95,700
% High Meaning44%
117Architectural EngineeringBachelor's$62,300$95,70051%

117Architectural Engineering
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$62,300
Mid-Career Pay$95,700
% High Meaning51%
119Technical & Scientific CommunicationBachelor's$48,800$95,600N/A

119Technical & Scientific Communication
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$48,800
Mid-Career Pay$95,600
% High MeaningN/A
120Economics & Political ScienceBachelor's$52,400$95,50051%

120Economics & Political Science
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$52,400
Mid-Career Pay$95,500
% High Meaning51%
121Entrepreneurship & LeadershipBachelor's$49,400$95,30044%

121Entrepreneurship & Leadership
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$49,400
Mid-Career Pay$95,300
% High Meaning44%
122Organizational BehaviorBachelor's$52,600$95,20049%

122Organizational Behavior
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$52,600
Mid-Career Pay$95,200
% High Meaning49%
123Textile EngineeringBachelor's$61,500$95,000N/A

123Textile Engineering
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$61,500
Mid-Career Pay$95,000
% High MeaningN/A

Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$48,300
Mid-Career Pay$94,700
% High Meaning54%
124Structural Design & Construction Engineering TechnologyBachelor's$64,600$94,700N/A

124Structural Design & Construction Engineering Technology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$64,600
Mid-Career Pay$94,700
% High MeaningN/A
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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 2018

This year’s 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 five highest-paying college majors for 2018 are

Petroleum Engineer – Mid Career Salary: $183,600

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.

Operations Research & Industrial Engineer – Mid-Career Salary: $166,300

This type of program shows you how to improve and manage engineering processes for a company. You’ll study how to find ways to better utilize resources like employees, machinery and other assets. Common employers for this type of career include Amazon, Comscore and the Aluminum Company of America.

Actuarial MathematicsMid-Career Salary: $158,100

For those who love math, studying actuarial mathematics allows you to use your math skills in the real world. This discipline shows you how to apply statistical and mathematical functions to assess risks in things like insurance and finance. Employers hiring for this type of role include Cigna, Metro United Way, The Hanover Insurance Company and more.

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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