30 Best Paying College Majors: 2016

The salary rankings are based on data collected by PayScale from more than 1,000 universities and 319 bachelor’s degrees

Jobs in science will take students on the path to success if high pay is what they are seeking, according to the latest rankings of bachelor’s degrees from PayScale.com.

Almost all of the 30 majors with the best starting salaries are in the sciences, with many involving engineering of one type or another. The one outlier on the list is dental hygienist, although earnings growth for that occupation slows a bit by mid-career.

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The rankings below are based on data collected by PayScale from 1,063 universities and include graduates with bachelor’s degrees in 319 disciplines. The universities surveyed include 89% of U.S. schools with an enrollment of more than 5,000 and 64% of schools with enrollment over 1,000.

Take a look at the 30 Best Paying College Majors for 2016:

Architectural Engineering

30. Architectural Engineering

Starting Salary: $548,000

Mid-Career Salary: $88,000 (63rd)

 

29. Industrial Distribution

Starting Salary: $58,100

Mid-Career Salary: $106,000 (16th, tie)

 

28. Business Information Systems

Starting Salary: $58,600

Mid-Career Salary: $87,400 (65th)

Actuarial Mathematics

27. Actuarial Mathematics

Salary: $58,800

Mid-Career Salary: $119,000 (3rd)

 

26. Electrical Engineering Technology

Starting Salary: $59,800

Mid-Career Salary: $88,600 (57th, tie)

Electronics Engineering

25. Manufacturing Engineering

Starting Salary: $60,400

Mid-Career Salary: $94,000 (39th)

 

24. Electronics Engineering

Starting Salary: $60,700

Mid-Career Salary: $96,700 (33rd)

Biomedical Engineering

23. Biomedical Engineering

Starting Salary: $60,900

Mid-Career Salary: $96,400 (34th, tie)

 

22. Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering

Starting Salary: $61,100

Mid-Career Salary: $108,000 (12th, tie)

Packaging Science

21. Packaging Science

Starting Salary: $61,500

Mid-Career Salary: $88,100 (62nd)

 

19 (tie). Software Engineering

Starting Salary: $62,500

Mid-Career Salary: $96,800 (32nd)

Industrial Engineering

19 (tie). Mechanical Engineering

Starting Salary: $62,500

Mid-Career Salary: $102,000 (20th, tie)

 

18. Industrial Engineering

Starting Salary: $62,800

Mid-Career Salary: $99,600  (26th)

Computer Science & Mathematics

17. Computer Science & Mathematics

Starting Salary: $62,900

Mid-Career Salary: $107,000 (14th, tie)

 

15 (tie). Engineering Management

Starting Salary: $63,100

Mid-Career Salary: $96,400 (34th, tie)

Computer Science

15 (tie). Computer Science

Starting Salary: $63,100

Mid-Career Salary: $105,000 (18th, tie)

 

14. Materials Science & Engineering

Starting Salary: $64,600

Mid-Career Salary: $105,000 (18th, tie)

Aerospace Engineering

13. Aerospace Engineering

Starting Salary: $64,800

Mid-Career Salary: $107,000 (14th, tie)

 

12. Electronics & Communications Engineering

Starting Salary: $65,000

Mid-Career Salary: $105,000 (5th)

Dental Hygiene

11. Aeronautical Engineering

Starting Salary: $65,100

Mid-Career Salary: $113,000 (9th)

 

10. Dental Hygiene

Starting Salary: $65,800

Mid-Career Salary: $72,800 (146th, tie)

Electrical Engineering

9. Electrical Engineering

Starting Salary: $66,500

Mid-Career Salary: $108,000 (12th, tie)

 

8. Electrical & Computer Engineering

Starting Salary: $67,000

Mid-Career Salary: $114,000 (7th, tie)

Nuclear Engineering

7. Systems Engineering

Starting Salary: $67,100

Mid-Career Salary: $114,000 (7th, tie)

 

6. Nuclear Engineering

Starting Salary: $68,200

Mid-Career Salary: $121,000 (2nd)

Computer Engineering

5. Computer Engineering

Starting Salary: $68,400

Mid-Career Salary: $109,000 (10th, tie)

 

4. Computer Science & Engineering

Starting Salary: $69,100

Mid-Career Salary: $115,000 (6th)

Mining Engineering

3. Chemical Engineering

Starting Salary: $69,500

Mid-Career Salary: $118,000 (4th)

 

2. Mining Engineering

Starting Salary: $71,500

Mid-Career Salary: $109,000 (10th,tie)

Petroleum Engineering

1. Petroleum Engineering

Starting Salary: $101,000

Mid-Career Salary: $168,000 (1st)

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