Top 50 highest-paying college degrees

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Top 50 highest-paying college degrees
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When it comes to going to school, you want to make sure the degree you’re investing in will pay dividends for years to come.

We’re in an age when there’s a real disconnect between skill sets and job openings. That’s created a lot of demand in some high-paying fields.

Many of the job openings that are going unfilled require continual training and new skills. STEM jobs — which involve the fields of science, technology, engineering and math — are particularly hot right now.

So if you’re still in your degree-seeking days, consider these fields below. Glassdoor took a look at which majors pay the most during the first five years out of college. You’ll get a sense of which fields of study are worth the time and money…

Top 50 highest-paying college majors during the first 5 years out of school

Major Median base salary
Computer Science $70,000
Electrical Engineering $68,438
 
Mechanical Engineering $68,000
Chemical Engineering $65,000
 
Industrial Engineering $64,381
 
Information Technology $64,008
 
Civil Engineering $61,500
 
Statistics $60,000
Nursing $58,928
 
Management Information Systems $58,000
Finance $54,900
 
Mathematics $54,018
 
Biomedical Engineering $52,814
 
Accounting $52,000
 
Economics $52,000
 
Physics $50,000
 
Biotechnology $50,000
 
Architecture $50,000
 
Fashion Design $50,000
Business $47,850
 
International Relations $45,880
 
Graphic Design $45,846
 
Marketing $45,475
 
English $45,000
 
Political Science $45,000
 
History $45,000
 
Human Resources $45,000
Journalism $45,000
 
Advertising $45,000
 
Philosophy $45,000
 
Environmental Science $45,000
 
Social Science $45,000
 
Spanish $44,256
 
Communications $44,190
 
Interior Design $44,098
Chemistry $44,000
 
Music $44,000
 
Film Studies $44,000
 
Public Relations $43,156
 
Sports Management $43,156
Education $43,000
 
Anthropology $43,000
 
Hospitality Management $42,734
 
Biochemistry $42,672
 
Liberal Arts $42,500
 
Psychology $42,000
 
Sociology $42,000
 
Health Care Administration $42,000
 
Social Work $41,656
 
Biology $41,250
 

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