30. Actuarial Science, Starting Salary: $60,800 | 29. Packaging Science, Starting Salary: $61,100 | 28. Electronics Engineering, Starting Pay: $61,300
27. Architectural Engineering, Starting Salary: $61,700 | 26. Manufacturing Engineering, Starting Salary: $62,000
25. Engineering, Starting Salary: $62,600 | 24. Biomedical Engineering, Starting Pay: $62,700
23. Engineering Management, Starting Pay: $62,800 | 22. Aeronautical Engineering, Starting Salary: $63,000
21. (tie) Mechanical Engineering, Starting Salary: $63,500 | 21. (tie) Computer Science & Mathematics, Starting Salary: $63,500

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19. (tie) Industrial Engineering, Starting Pay: $63,800 | 19. (tie) Industrial & Systems Engineering, Starting Salary: $63,800
17. Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Starting Salary: $64,000 | 16. Software Engineering, Starting Salary: $64,700
16. Software Engineering, Starting Salary: $64,700 | 14. (tie) Dental Hygiene, Starting Salary: $65,400
14. (tie) Aerospace Engineering, Starting salary: $65,400 | 12. Materials Science & Engineering, Starting Salary: $65,800
11. Systems Engineering, Starting Salary: $66,400 | 10. Electrical Engineering, Starting Salary: $67,000

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17. Engineering. Individuals globally: 8.9%; North Americans: 7% | 18. Vehicles. Globally: 8.6%; North Americans: 6.1%
7. Nuclear Engineering Starting Salary, $68,500 | 6. Computer Engineering, Starting Salary: $69,600
5. Chemical Engineering, Starting Salary: $69,800 | 4. Mining Engineering, Starting Salary: $70,200
3. Computer Science & Engineering, Starting Salary: $71,200 | 2. Physician Assistant, Studies Starting Salary: $85,200
1. Petroleum Engineering, Starting Salary: $96,700

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(Ed note: Check out the 2018 version of 30 Best Paying College Majors)

Any major that’s attached to science or engineering promises to be a boon for graduates entering the job world, according to findings of PayScale.com in its 2016-2017 College Salary Report.

Science and math majors dominate the top college starting salaries and mid-career earners, and are largely made up of male graduates. In fact, 80% of those who graduate with the top degree on this list are men, according to PayScale data. Worse yet, only 8% of physics majors and 7% of engineering majors are women.

(Related: 20 Best Paying Jobs for College Business Majors: 2017 and 31 Worst Paying College Majors)

The rankings above are based on data collected by PayScale from 983 universities and includes graduates with bachelor’s degrees in 336 disciplines. The universities surveyed include 85% of U.S. schools with an enrollment of more than 5,000 and 62% of schools with enrollment over 1,000, using a sample size of 1.4 million “degree holding, full-time, civilian employees working in the U.S.” The number in parentheses provides the overall ranking (of the 336 majors) for mid-career pay.

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