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
151Asian StudiesBachelor's$42,900$100,50034%

151Asian Studies
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$100,500
% High Meaning34%
152Civil & Environmental EngineeringBachelor's$61,000$100,40066%

152Civil & Environmental Engineering
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$61,000
Mid-Career Pay$100,400
% High Meaning66%
152Environmental EngineeringBachelor's$58,500$100,40063%

152Environmental Engineering
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$58,500
Mid-Career Pay$100,400
% High Meaning63%
154Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET)Bachelor's$76,900$100,20058%

154Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET)
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$76,900
Mid-Career Pay$100,200
% High Meaning58%
155Building Construction ManagementBachelor's$57,900$100,10056%

155Building Construction Management
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$57,900
Mid-Career Pay$100,100
% High Meaning56%
155Construction TradesBachelor's$57,800$100,10056%

155Construction Trades
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$57,800
Mid-Career Pay$100,100
% High Meaning56%
157European StudiesBachelor's$44,600$100,00050%

157European Studies
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$44,600
Mid-Career Pay$100,000
% High Meaning50%
157Consumer EconomicsBachelor's$51,900$100,00039%

157Consumer Economics
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$51,900
Mid-Career Pay$100,000
% High Meaning39%
159Corporate FinanceBachelor's$60,100$99,90043%

159Corporate Finance
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$60,100
Mid-Career Pay$99,900
% High Meaning43%
159Information Systems (IS)Bachelor's$58,600$99,90044%

159Information Systems (IS)
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$58,600
Mid-Career Pay$99,900
% High Meaning44%
159Safety ScienceBachelor's$58,700$99,900N/A

159Safety Science
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$58,700
Mid-Career Pay$99,900
% High MeaningN/A
162Strategic ManagementBachelor's$61,800$99,80036%

162Strategic Management
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$61,800
Mid-Career Pay$99,800
% High Meaning36%
163Sales & Business MarketingBachelor's$49,900$99,70049%

163Sales & Business Marketing
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$49,900
Mid-Career Pay$99,700
% High Meaning49%
164Organic ChemistryBachelor's$49,600$99,600N/A

164Organic Chemistry
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$49,600
Mid-Career Pay$99,600
% High MeaningN/A
165Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS)Bachelor's$58,900$99,30035%

165Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS)
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$58,900
Mid-Career Pay$99,300
% High Meaning35%
166Business Computer ScienceBachelor's$59,200$99,20026%

166Business Computer Science
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$59,200
Mid-Career Pay$99,200
% High Meaning26%
167ElectronicsBachelor's$60,200$98,80060%

167Electronics
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$60,200
Mid-Career Pay$98,800
% High Meaning60%
168Business Information SystemsBachelor's$58,800$98,70043%

168Business Information Systems
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$58,800
Mid-Career Pay$98,700
% High Meaning43%
169FinanceBachelor's$55,600$98,60040%

169Finance
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$55,600
Mid-Career Pay$98,600
% High Meaning40%
170Computer Information SystemsBachelor's$55,600$98,40039%

170Computer Information Systems
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$55,600
Mid-Career Pay$98,400
% High Meaning39%
170Engineering Technology (ET)Bachelor's$54,500$98,40050%

170Engineering Technology (ET)
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$54,500
Mid-Career Pay$98,400
% High Meaning50%
170Agricultural Engineering (AE)Bachelor's$59,900$98,40062%

170Agricultural Engineering (AE)
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$59,900
Mid-Career Pay$98,400
% High Meaning62%
173International & Comparative PoliticsBachelor's$45,400$98,20047%

173International & Comparative Politics
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$45,400
Mid-Career Pay$98,200
% High Meaning47%
174Chinese LanguageBachelor's$50,600$97,90047%

174Chinese Language
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$50,600
Mid-Career Pay$97,900
% High Meaning47%
174Computer Science & Information TechnologyBachelor's$61,500$97,90048%

174Computer Science & Information Technology
Degree TypeBachelor's
Early Career Pay$61,500
Mid-Career Pay$97,900
% High Meaning48%
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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