June 17, 2013

30 Best Paying College Majors for 2013

Looking for the big payday after college? The rankings of these college majors are based on data collected from 1,000 universities and graduates with bachelor’s degrees

The college major coming in last is Child and Family Studies with a starting salary of $29,300. The college major coming in last is Child and Family Studies with a starting salary of $29,300.

As college graduates head out into the real world, we thought it would be informative to look at what kind of pay they can expect.

Many of the spots are occupied by occupations in some field of engineering or another. For the record, coming in dead last is Child and Family Studies with a starting salary of $29,300 and a mid-career salary (15 years in) of $37,700.

Last year, we looked at which college degrees were paying the most. This year, we drilled down into specific majors using data from payscale.com. Payscale lists 130 majors on its site.

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The rankings below are based on data collected from 1,000 universities and include graduates with bachelor’s degrees only. The universities surveyed include 88% of U.S. schools with an enrollment of more than 5,000.

Take a look at the 30 Best Paying College Majors for 2013:

30. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Starting Salary: $49,700

Mid-Career Salary: $81,300 (Rank: 35th)

29. COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Starting Salary: $49,000

Mid-Career Salary: $84,800 (32nd)

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28. STATISTICS

Starting Salary: $49,300

Mid-Career Salary: $99,500 (10th)

27. CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Starting Salary: $49,500

Mid-Career Salary: $86,100 (28th)

26. CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Starting Salary: $49,500

Mid-Career Salary: $80,500 (38th)

25. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

Starting Salary: $49,600

Mid-Career Salary: $76,000 (49th)

24. MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Starting Salary: $49,600

Mid-Career Salary: $60,200 (86th, tie)

23. INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY

Starting Salary: $49,700

Mid-Career Salary: $81,300 (36th)

22. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Starting Salary: $50,500

Mid-Career Salary: $76,700 (42nd, tie)

21. APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Starting Salary: $50,800

Mid-Career Salary: $102,000 (8th)

20. INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Starting Salary: $50,900

Mid-Career Salary: $86,700 (27th)

19. PHYSICS

Starting Salary: $51,200

Mid-Career Salary: $99,100 (11th)

18. MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Starting Salary: $51,600

Mid-Career Salary: $88,600 (23rd)

17. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Starting Salary: $52,900

Mid-Career Salary: $83,400 (33rd)

16. CIVIL ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $53,800

Mid-Career Salary: $88,800 (22nd)

15. NURSING

Starting Salary: $54,100

Mid-Career Salary: $70,200 (61st, tie)

14. BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $54,900

Mid-Career Salary: $98,200 (13th)

13. ACTUARIAL MATHEMATICS

Starting Salary: $56,100

Mid-Career Salary: $112,000 (3rd)

12. COMPUTER SCIENCE

Starting Salary: $58,400

Mid-Career Salary: $100,000 (9th)

11. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Starting Salary: $58,400

Mid-Career Salary: $86,900 (26th)

10. SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $59,100

Mid-Career Salary: $90,700 (19th)

9. INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $59,900

Mid-Career Salary: $91,200 (18th)

7. (tie) MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $60,100

Mid-Career Salary: $98,400 (12th)

7. (tie) MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $60,100

Mid-Career Salary: $91,900 (17th)

6. AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $62,500

Mid-Career Salary: $118,000 (2nd)

5. COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $62,700

Mid-Career Salary: $105,000 (7th)

4. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $63,400

Mid-Career Salary: $106,000 (6th)

3. NUCLEAR ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $66,800

Mid-Career Salary: $107,000 (5th)

2. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $67,500

Mid-Career Salary: $111,000 (4th)

1. PETROLEUM ENGINEERING

Starting Salary: $98,000

Mid-Career Salary: $163,000 (1st)

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