These Are the Highest-Paying College Majors
Good news for all you petroleum engineers out there.
Salary comparison website PayScale’s College Salary Report, which analyzed data from graduates of more than 2,500 schools, found that the highest-paying college majors are almost all STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees.
As it turns out, petroleum engineering is America’s highest-earning bachelor degree, paying its holders a median salary of $94,500, with zero to five years of experience. That jumps to an average of $175,900 after ten years.
The most common job for petroleum engineering majors is, as expected, being a petroleum engineer, and other jobs include working in industry sales and as cost estimators.
The second highest-paying degree, according to the report, is electrical engineering and computer science, which has an early career median pay of $88,000 and a mid-career median salary of a solid $142,200.
Check out the rest of the top 10 highest-paying college degrees below: