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10 Majors with the Highest Salaries for College Graduates

10 Majors with the Highest Salaries for College Graduates

Make the most of your first job -- literally.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

October 27, 2016

Go to college. Get a job. Make money. Generally speaking, this is the point of going to college. There are plenty of other benefits that are earned along the way – academic achievement, unique study abroad experiences and networking opportunities. But if you ask most students why they’re going to college, they’ll tell you – to start my journey along a career path that ensures success.

And what is success? In this context, it is a stable job that provides the financial resources necessary to buy a home, save for retirement and live a life that maximizes potential.

Payscale has recently released the best-paying jobs for college graduates after analyzing starting and mid-career salaries. These jobs can help to propel college graduates along that path for success. So whether you’re declaring your major or entering the workforce, these are the jobs to land.

10. Electrical engineering

Median early career pay: $67,000
Median mid-career pay: $110,000

9. Electronics and communications engineering

Median early career pay: $68,000
Median mid-career pay: $115,000

8. Electrical and computer engineering

Median early career pay: $68,100
Median mid-career pay: $114,000

7. Nuclear engineering

Median early career pay: $68,500
Median mid-career pay: $116,000

6. Computer engineering

Median early career pay: $69,600
Median mid-career pay: $113,000

5. Chemical engineering

Median early career pay: $69,800
Median mid-career pay: $119,000

4. Mining engineering

Median early career pay: $70,200
Median mid-career pay: $107,000

3. Computer science and engineering

Median early career pay: $71,200
Median mid-career pay: $116,000

2. Physician assistant studies

Median early career pay: $85,200
Median mid-career pay: $103,000

1. Petroleum engineering

Median early career pay: $96,700
Median mid-career pay: $172,000

View the full list here.