Another Survey Shows Engineering Degree Results in the Highest Pay

Posted on August 7, 2009  Comments (5)

The PayScale salary survey looked at both starting and mid career salary. Engineering topped both measures. Of the top 10 mid career salaries, 7 were engineering degrees – including the top 4. The survey is based upon data for full-time employees in the United States who possess a Bachelor’s degree and no higher degrees and have majored in the subjects listed above.

The top 11 paying degrees are:

Highest Paid Undergrad College Degrees
Degree Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
Aerospace Engineering $59,600 $109,000
Chemical Engineering $65,700 $107,000
Computer Engineering $61,700 $105,000
Electrical Engineering $60,200 $102,000
Economics $50,200 $101,000
Physics $51,100 $98,800
Mechanical Engineering $58,900 $98,300
Computer Science $56,400 $97,400
Industrial Engineering $57,100 $95,000
Environmental Engineering $53,400 $94,500
Statistics $48,600 $94,500

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5 Responses to “Another Survey Shows Engineering Degree Results in the Highest Pay”

  1. Harry
    August 11th, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

    As expected, all math/science related fields too.

  2. Ted
    August 12th, 2009 @ 11:58 pm

    Wow, I coulda sworn that aerospace and chemical engineering would be higher than that to start. For some moronic reason I thought they were some of those way way highly paid folk…guess I was mistaken. Not that their salary is bad or anything; I just thought the starting salary tended to be higher than that.

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    Petroleum Engineering salaries have exploded over the last few years to $93,000 for a starting median salary, more than $30,000 above the next highest paying degree…

  4. Anonymous
    June 15th, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    Career growth because of this engineer degree remains as they progress inside their studies. The commencing salary for those together with master’s degree can be $62,000 and $74,000 for those who will plan to advance to doctorate level.

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