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College majors that go on to earn the most money

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    College majors that go on to earn the most money

    College is a time of many overwhelming experiences and exciting opportunities. Whether it is forgoing sleep to prepare for an exam or studying abroad in an exotic city, we realize that college is a unique experience with ups and downs. But post-graduation life can feel pretty good, especially when you get that first paycheck from your first job and it makes all the hard work feel worth while.

    For some college alumni the stress of college is really paying off. The rise of information technology and digitization has transformed the job market leading to an unprecedented demand for technical and analytical skills. More and more students are majoring in math and science related to fields with the likelihood of earning at-least $100,000 by the time they are in their 30s.

    To show just how valuable these college majors can be, Stacker used data from PayScale to rank the top 100 college majors whose alumni go on to make the most money in their respective professional careers. The rankings are based on highest average mid-career salary, and in the event of a tie, the major whose alumni earned more money on average early in their career is ranked higher.

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    #100: Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)

    Mid-Career Pay: $93,400

    Early Career Pay: $60,400

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    #99: Construction Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $93,700

    Early Career Pay: $61,100

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    #98: Real Estate

    Mid-Career Pay: $94,100

    Early Career Pay: $54,400

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    #97: Agricultural Engineering (AE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $94,400

    Early Career Pay: $56,100

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    #96: East Asian Studies

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,100

    Early Career Pay: $42,300

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    #95: Architectural Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,100

    Early Career Pay: $61,200

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    #94: Plastics Engineering Technology

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,100

    Early Career Pay: $61,600

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    #93: Information Systems Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,200

    Early Career Pay: $55,300

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    #92: Fire Protection Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,300

    Early Career Pay: $58,800

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    #91: Informatics

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,300

    Early Career Pay: $60,500

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    #90: Environmental Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,000

    Early Career Pay: $55,300

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    #89: Civil & Environmental Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,200

    Early Career Pay: $58,400

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    #88: International Business Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,300

    Early Career Pay: $49,400

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    #87: Manufacturing Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,400

    Early Career Pay: $61,900

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    #86: Environmental Health & Safety Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,500

    Early Career Pay: $54,700

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    #85: Management Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,500

    Early Career Pay: $56,600

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    #84: Building Construction (BC)

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,600

    Early Career Pay: $57,900

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    #83: Computing

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,800

    Early Career Pay: $53,400

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    #82: Information Systems (IS)

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,900

    Early Career Pay: $55,800

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    #81: Business Economics

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,000

    Early Career Pay: $51,800

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    #80: Finance & Real Estate

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,100

    Early Career Pay: $57,500

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    #79: Plastics Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,100

    Early Career Pay: $64,100

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    #78: Marketing & International Business

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,200

    Early Career Pay: $46,600

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    #77: Economics & Political Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,200

    Early Career Pay: $50,600

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    #76: Construction Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,600

    Early Career Pay: $56,800

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    #75: Civil Engineering (CE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $98,500

    Early Career Pay: $57,700

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    #74: Construction Project Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $98,700

    Early Career Pay: $53,400

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    #73: Sales & Business Marketing

    Mid-Career Pay: $98,900

    Early Career Pay: $50,900

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    #72: Genetics

    Mid-Career Pay: $99,000

    Early Career Pay: $43,000

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    #71: Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $99,000

    Early Career Pay: $54,200

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    #70: Industrial Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $99,200

    Early Career Pay: $52,600

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    #69: Facilities Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $99,900

    Early Career Pay: $55,100

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    #68: Business Finance

    Mid-Career Pay: $100,100

    Early Career Pay: $52,300

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    #67: Industrial & Labor Relations

    Mid-Career Pay: $100,200

    Early Career Pay: $57,800

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    #66: Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS)

    Mid-Career Pay: $100,800

    Early Career Pay: $51,700

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    #65: Management Information Systems (MIS)

    Mid-Career Pay: $101,300

    Early Career Pay: $57,900

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    #64: Computer Engineering Technology (CET)

    Mid-Career Pay: $101,600

    Early Career Pay: $57,700

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    #63: Engineering Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $101,600

    Early Career Pay: $61,500

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    #62: Mechanical

    Mid-Career Pay: $101,600

    Early Career Pay: $62,800

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    #61: Packaging Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $102,300

    Early Career Pay: $61,400

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    #60: Applied Physics

    Mid-Career Pay: $102,500

    Early Career Pay: $56,900

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    #59: Construction Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $102,600

    Early Career Pay: $60,700

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    #58: Aeronautical Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,100

    Early Career Pay: $46,600

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    #57: Economics

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,200

    Early Career Pay: $54,100

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    #56: Computer Technology

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,300

    Early Career Pay: $52,400

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    #55: Finance & Economics

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,300

    Early Career Pay: $56,600

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    #54: Biomedical Engineering (BME)

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,500

    Early Career Pay: $62,900

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    #53: Finance & Investments

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,600

    Early Career Pay: $55,200

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    #52: Construction Engineering Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,700

    Early Career Pay: $60,500

     

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    #51: Mathematics & Statistics

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,000

    Early Career Pay: $54,600

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    #50: Materials Science & Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,100

    Early Career Pay: $66,300

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    #49: Electronics Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,300

    Early Career Pay: $63,300

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    #48: Software Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,300

    Early Career Pay: $66,300

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    #47: Operations Management & Information Systems

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,500

    Early Career Pay: $60,100

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    #46: Industrial Engineering & Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,600

    Early Career Pay: $59,400

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    #45: Statistics

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,600

    Early Career Pay: $60,000

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    #44: Business & Economics

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,900

    Early Career Pay: $53,900

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    #43: Accounting & Computer Systems

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,900

    Early Career Pay: $60,400

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    #42: Structural Engineering (SE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $105,100

    Early Career Pay: $60,800

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    #41: Metallurgical Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $105,100

    Early Career Pay: $75,300

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    #40: Business & Information Technology (IT)

    Mid-Career Pay: $105,300

    Early Career Pay: $58,700

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    #39: Japanese Language

    Mid-Career Pay: $106,100

    Early Career Pay: $46,200

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    #38: Mechanical Engineering (ME)

    Mid-Career Pay: $106,800

    Early Career Pay: $64,000

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    #37: Government

    Mid-Career Pay: $107,000

    Early Career Pay: $49,400

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    Industrial Engineering (IE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $107,100

    Early Career Pay: $64,400

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    #35: Physics & Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $107,200

    Early Career Pay: $56,900

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    #34: Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $107,400

    Early Career Pay: $66,200

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    #33: Physician Assistant Studies

    Mid-Career Pay: $107,600

    Early Career Pay: $87,800

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    #32: Physics

    Mid-Career Pay: $108,000

    Early Career Pay: $58,000

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    #31: Mining Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $108,500

    Early Career Pay: $71,300

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    #30: Public Accounting

    Mid-Career Pay: $110,000

    Early Career Pay: $57,500

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    #29: Computer Science (CS)

    Mid-Career Pay: $110,100

    Early Career Pay: $65,900

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    #28: Computer & Information Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $111,300

    Early Career Pay: $56,200

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    #27: Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $111,600

    Early Career Pay: $63,100

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    #26: Industrial Distribution

    Mid-Career Pay: $112,000

    Early Career Pay: $57,400

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    International Business & Finance

    Mid-Career Pay: $112,200

    Early Career Pay: $54,600

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    #24: Engineering Physics

    Mid-Career Pay: $112,600

    Early Career Pay: $60,400

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    #23: Applied Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $113,200

    Early Career Pay: $57,600

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    #22: Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $113,200

    Early Career Pay: $62,900

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    #21: Aerospace Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $113,300

    Early Career Pay: $66,300

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    #20: Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $113,800

    Early Career Pay: $68,200

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    #19: Computer Science (CS) & Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $114,400

    Early Career Pay: $62,800

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    #18: Industrial & Systems Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $114,400

    Early Career Pay: $65,700

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    #17: Electrical Engineering (EE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $114,800

    Early Career Pay: $67,800

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    #16: Computer Engineering (CE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $116,000

    Early Career Pay: $70,300

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    #15: Bioengineering (BioE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $116,800

    Early Career Pay: $61,600

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    #14: Computer Science (CS) & Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $116,800

    Early Career Pay: $70,900

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    #13: Computer Systems Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $118,000

    Early Career Pay: $72,000

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    #12: Aeronautical Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $118,800

    Early Career Pay: $65,300

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    #11: Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $118,800

    Early Career Pay: $69,000

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    #10: Electrical Power Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $119,100

    Early Career Pay: $68,600

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    #9: Cognitive Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $121,900

    Early Career Pay: $54,000

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    #8: Geophysics

    Mid-Career Pay: $122,200

    Early Career Pay: $54,100

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    #7: Economics and Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $122,900

    Early Career Pay: $60,000

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    #6: Marine Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $123,200

    Early Career Pay: $73,900

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    #5: Chemical Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $124,500

    Early Career Pay: $70,300

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    #4: Nuclear Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $127,500

    Early Career Pay: $69,000

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    #3: Actuarial Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $130,800

    Early Career Pay: $61,200

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    #2: Actuarial Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $131,700

    Early Career Pay: $56,400

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    #1: Petroleum Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $175,500

    Early Career Pay: $94,600

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