Earnings by College Major – Engineers and Scientists at the Top

Posted on October 29, 2013  Comments (5)

graph of earnings by college-major

Median annual income by major based on data from the Georgetown Center On Education And The Workforce – via blog post: The Most And Least Lucrative College Majors.

As we have posted about for years engineers do very well financially. This chart shows the median income by college major (the data includes those who went on to get advanced degrees) based on data for the USA. See the data on those that only have bachelors degrees. Also see a detailed post from the Curious Cat Economics blog looking at the value of college degrees based on the Georgetown data.

Engineering holds 6 of the top spots in the graph shown above and 8 of the top spots for those that didn’t earn an advanced degree. Pharmacy-sciences-and-administration and Math-and-computer-sciences made the top 10 of both lists. Pharmacology and health-and-medical-prepatory-programs make the list when advanced degrees are included.

The highest earning major, petroleum engineering, with $120,000 doesn’t have an increase for those with advanced degrees. The 10th spot goes to electrical engineering with a $94,000 median income.

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5 Responses to “Earnings by College Major – Engineers and Scientists at the Top”

  1. Paul
    November 1st, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    Hi John, I too would agree that engineers do earn better . Even if the initial few years may not prove to be good enough, the phase after the completion of the fresher stage does give them good returns.

  2. Anonymous
    November 22nd, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Hello john,well done for your write up.but I still believe that those that are into IT profession can still move a bit to the top spot because their profession is quite demanding these days.

  3. Bradley Elliot
    December 5th, 2013 @ 4:00 am

    This is because the engineers paid from their skills and they want any how every things on their need!

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