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College majors that go on to earn the most money

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Lawrence Livermore National Security // Wikimedia Commons

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 worthwhile.

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 the 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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Dmitry G // Wikimedia Commons

#100: Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)

Mid-Career Pay: $93,400
Early Career Pay: $60,400

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United States Air Force Academy

#99: Construction Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $93,700
Early Career Pay: $61,100

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Mark Moz // Flickr

#98: Real Estate

Mid-Career Pay: $94,100
Early Career Pay: $54,400

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Aqua Mechanical // Flickr

#97: Agricultural Engineering (AE)

Mid-Career Pay: $94,400
Early Career Pay: $56,100

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Wikipedia

#96: East Asian Studies

Mid-Career Pay: $95,100
Early Career Pay: $42,300

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Barksdale Air Force Base

#95: Architectural Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $95,100
Early Career Pay: $61,200

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Argonne National Laboratory's Flickr page // Wikimedia Commons

#94: Plastics Engineering Technology

Mid-Career Pay: $95,100
Early Career Pay: $61,600

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McConnell Air Force Base

#93: Information Systems Management

Mid-Career Pay: $95,200
Early Career Pay: $55,300

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NAVFAC

#92: Fire Protection Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $95,300
Early Career Pay: $58,800

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Dato // Wikimedia Commons

#91: Informatics

Mid-Career Pay: $95,300
Early Career Pay: $60,500

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Office of Response and Restoration // Flickr

#90: Environmental Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $96,000
Early Career Pay: $55,300

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Yokota Air Base

#89: Civil & Environmental Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $96,200
Early Career Pay: $58,400

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UNIDO International Business and Investment Forum // Flickr

#88: International Business Management

Mid-Career Pay: $96,300
Early Career Pay: $49,400

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US Department of Labor // Wikimedia Commons

#87: Manufacturing Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $96,400
Early Career Pay: $61,900

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ALPA PROD // Shutterstock

#86: Environmental Health & Safety Management

Mid-Career Pay: $96,500
Early Career Pay: $54,700

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Shutterstock

#85: Management Science

Mid-Career Pay: $96,500
Early Career Pay: $56,600

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AF.mil

#84: Building Construction (BC)

Mid-Career Pay: $96,600
Early Career Pay: $57,900

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IBM Research // Flickr

#83: Computing

Mid-Career Pay: $96,800
Early Career Pay: $53,400

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U.S. Navy photo // Wikimedia Commons

#82: Information Systems (IS)

Mid-Career Pay: $96,900
Early Career Pay: $55,800

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Shutterstock

#81: Business Economics

Mid-Career Pay: $97,000
Early Career Pay: $51,800

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Shutterstock

#80: Finance & Real Estate

Mid-Career Pay: $97,100
Early Career Pay: $57,500

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Arnold Air Force Base

#79: Plastics Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $97,100
Early Career Pay: $64,100

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Frontiers Conferences // Flickr

#78: Marketing & International Business

Mid-Career Pay: $97,200
Early Career Pay: $46,600

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Number 10 // Flickr

#77: Economics & Political Science

Mid-Career Pay: $97,200
Early Career Pay: $50,600

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N A I T // Flickr

#76: Construction Management

Mid-Career Pay: $97,600
Early Career Pay: $56,800

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U.S. Department of Agriculture // Wikimedia Commons

#75: Civil Engineering (CE)

Mid-Career Pay: $98,500
Early Career Pay: $57,700

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USACE NY // Flickr

#74: Construction Project Management

Mid-Career Pay: $98,700
Early Career Pay: $53,400

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Highwaysengland // Flickr

#73: Sales & Business Marketing

Mid-Career Pay: $98,900
Early Career Pay: $50,900

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Keesler Air Force Base

#72: Genetics

Mid-Career Pay: $99,000
Early Career Pay: $43,000

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Bryan Alexander // Flickr

#71: Mathematics

Mid-Career Pay: $99,000
Early Career Pay: $54,200

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Pxhere

#70: Industrial Management

Mid-Career Pay: $99,200
Early Career Pay: $52,600

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Air Force Global Strike Command

#69: Facilities Management

Mid-Career Pay: $99,900
Early Career Pay: $55,100

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Own Oil Industry News // Wikimedia Commons

#68: Business Finance

Mid-Career Pay: $100,100
Early Career Pay: $52,300

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Wikipedia

#67: Industrial & Labor Relations

Mid-Career Pay: $100,200
Early Career Pay: $57,800

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Pixnio

#66: Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS)

Mid-Career Pay: $100,800
Early Career Pay: $51,700

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Navy.mil

#65: Management Information Systems (MIS)

Mid-Career Pay: $101,300
Early Career Pay: $57,900

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Little Rock Air Force Base

#64: Computer Engineering Technology (CET)

Mid-Career Pay: $101,600
Early Career Pay: $57,700

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AF.mil

#63: Engineering Management

Mid-Career Pay: $101,600
Early Career Pay: $61,500

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U.S. Army RDECOM // Flickr

#62: Mechanical

Mid-Career Pay: $101,600
Early Career Pay: $62,800

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Fairchild Air Force Base

#61: Packaging Science

Mid-Career Pay: $102,300
Early Career Pay: $61,400

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NASA // Wikimedia Commons

#60: Applied Physics

Mid-Career Pay: $102,500
Early Career Pay: $56,900

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Pixabay

#59: Construction Science

Mid-Career Pay: $102,600
Early Career Pay: $60,700

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Nellis Air Force Base

#58: Aeronautical Science

Mid-Career Pay: $103,100
Early Career Pay: $46,600

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StFX // Wikimedia Commons

#57: Economics

Mid-Career Pay: $103,200
Early Career Pay: $54,100

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Shutterstock

#56: Computer Technology

Mid-Career Pay: $103,300
Early Career Pay: $52,400

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Shutterstock

#55: Finance & Economics

Mid-Career Pay: $103,300
Early Career Pay: $56,600

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UC Davis College of Engineering // Wikimedia Commons

#54: Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Mid-Career Pay: $103,500
Early Career Pay: $62,900

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Shutterstock

#53: Finance & Investments

Mid-Career Pay: $103,600
Early Career Pay: $55,200

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USACE

#52: Construction Engineering Management

Mid-Career Pay: $103,700
Early Career Pay: $60,500

 

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James Lee // Flickr

#51: Mathematics & Statistics

Mid-Career Pay: $104,000
Early Career Pay: $54,600

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NTNU, Faculty of Natural Sciences // Flickr

#50: Materials Science & Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $104,100
Early Career Pay: $66,300

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Air Force District of Washington

#49: Electronics Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $104,300
Early Career Pay: $63,300

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Joonspoon // Wikimedia Commons

#48: Software Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $104,300
Early Career Pay: $66,300

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Coast Guard All Hands

#47: Operations Management & Information Systems

Mid-Career Pay: $104,500
Early Career Pay: $60,100

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CEphoto, Uwe Aranas // Wikimedia Commons

#46: Industrial Engineering & Management

Mid-Career Pay: $104,600
Early Career Pay: $59,400

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Shutterstock

#45: Statistics

Mid-Career Pay: $104,600
Early Career Pay: $60,000

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Shutterstock

#44: Business & Economics

Mid-Career Pay: $104,900
Early Career Pay: $53,900

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Shutterstock

#43: Accounting & Computer Systems

Mid-Career Pay: $104,900
Early Career Pay: $60,400

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PIXNIO

#42: Structural Engineering (SE)

Mid-Career Pay: $105,100
Early Career Pay: $60,800

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Shutterstock

#41: Metallurgical Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $105,100
Early Career Pay: $75,300

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Shutterstock

#40: Business & Information Technology (IT)

Mid-Career Pay: $105,300
Early Career Pay: $58,700

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Pxhere

#39: Japanese Language

Mid-Career Pay: $106,100
Early Career Pay: $46,200

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Tyndall Air Force Base - AF.mil

#38: Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Mid-Career Pay: $106,800
Early Career Pay: $64,000

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Shutterstock

#37: Government

Mid-Career Pay: $107,000
Early Career Pay: $49,400

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Pixabay

Industrial Engineering (IE)

Mid-Career Pay: $107,100
Early Career Pay: $64,400

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Shutterstock

#35: Physics & Mathematics

Mid-Career Pay: $107,200
Early Career Pay: $56,900

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AF.mil

#34: Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE)

Mid-Career Pay: $107,400
Early Career Pay: $66,200

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Ohiodominican // Wikimedia Commons

#33: Physician Assistant Studies

Mid-Career Pay: $107,600
Early Career Pay: $87,800

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Shutterstock

#32: Physics

Mid-Career Pay: $108,000
Early Career Pay: $58,000

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COD Newsroom // Flickr

#31: Mining Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $108,500
Early Career Pay: $71,300

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Shutterstock

#30: Public Accounting

Mid-Career Pay: $110,000
Early Career Pay: $57,500

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James Porteous, CSIRO // Wikimedia Commons

#29: Computer Science (CS)

Mid-Career Pay: $110,100
Early Career Pay: $65,900

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Commander, Navy Installations Command

#28: Computer & Information Science

Mid-Career Pay: $111,300
Early Career Pay: $56,200

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Coast Guard Compass

#27: Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $111,600
Early Career Pay: $63,100

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Shutterstock

#26: Industrial Distribution

Mid-Career Pay: $112,000
Early Career Pay: $57,400

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Wikipedia

International Business & Finance

Mid-Career Pay: $112,200
Early Career Pay: $54,600

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Edwards Air Force Base

#24: Engineering Physics

Mid-Career Pay: $112,600
Early Career Pay: $60,400

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Shutterstock

#23: Applied Mathematics

Mid-Career Pay: $113,200
Early Career Pay: $57,600

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Air Force Academy Photos

#22: Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $113,200
Early Career Pay: $62,900

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Moody Air Force Base

#21: Aerospace Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $113,300
Early Career Pay: $66,300

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U.S. Navy photo // Wikimedia Commons

#20: Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $113,800
Early Career Pay: $68,200

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Shutterstock

#19: Computer Science (CS) & Mathematics

Mid-Career Pay: $114,400
Early Career Pay: $62,800

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Mixabest // Wikimedia Commons

#18: Industrial & Systems Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $114,400
Early Career Pay: $65,700

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Shutterstock

#17: Electrical Engineering (EE)

Mid-Career Pay: $114,800
Early Career Pay: $67,800

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Shutterstock

#16: Computer Engineering (CE)

Mid-Career Pay: $116,000
Early Career Pay: $70,300

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astro_matt // Wikimedia Commons

#15: Bioengineering (BioE)

Mid-Career Pay: $116,800
Early Career Pay: $61,600

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UC Davis College of Engineering // Flickr

#14: Computer Science (CS) & Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $116,800
Early Career Pay: $70,900

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Tinker Air Force Base

#13: Computer Systems Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $118,000
Early Career Pay: $72,000

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Aeronautical Engineering: Avionic

#12: Aeronautical Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $118,800
Early Career Pay: $65,300

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Moody Air Force Base

#11: Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)

Mid-Career Pay: $118,800
Early Career Pay: $69,000

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Idaho National Laboratory // Flickr

#10: Electrical Power Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $119,100
Early Career Pay: $68,600

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Shutterstock

#9: Cognitive Science

Mid-Career Pay: $121,900
Early Career Pay: $54,000

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Mines CERSE // Flickr

#8: Geophysics

Mid-Career Pay: $122,200
Early Career Pay: $54,100

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Shutterstock

#7: Economics and Mathematics

Mid-Career Pay: $122,900
Early Career Pay: $60,000

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Navy Live

#6: Marine Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $123,200
Early Career Pay: $73,900

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Department of Chemical Engineering - PFI-building // Flickr

#5: Chemical Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $124,500
Early Career Pay: $70,300

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Lawrence Livermore National Security // Wikimedia Commons

#4: Nuclear Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $127,500
Early Career Pay: $69,000

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Shutterstock

#3: Actuarial Science

Mid-Career Pay: $130,800
Early Career Pay: $61,200

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Shutterstock

#2: Actuarial Mathematics

Mid-Career Pay: $131,700
Early Career Pay: $56,400

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Army Reserve

#1: Petroleum Engineering

Mid-Career Pay: $175,500
Early Career Pay: $94,600

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