20. Geophysics

Early Career: $56,900

Mid-Career: $120,600

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19. Cognitive Science

Early Career: $64,100

Mid-Career: $121,100

18. Economics and Mathematics

Early Career: $65,000

Mid-Career: $121,400

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17. Foreign Affairs

Early Career: $52,200

Mid-Career: $121,800

16. Quantitative Economics

Early Career: $62,000

Mid-Career: $121,900

15. Mechatronics

Early Career: $70,200

Mid-Career: $122,300

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14. Building Science

Early Career: $51,100

Mid-Career: $122,500

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13. Econometrics

Early Career: $60,700

Mid-Career: $123,000

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12. Corporate Accounting and Finance

Early Career: $61,200

Mid-Career: $123,600

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11. Political Economy

Early Career: $58,200

Mid-Career: $125,100

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10. Operations and Information Systems Management

Early Career: $63,800

Mid-Career: $125,100

9. Information and Computer Science

Early Career: $70,300

Mid-Career: $127,600

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8. Actuarial Science

Early Career: $64,700

Mid-Career: $128,700

7. Actuarial Mathematics

Early Career: $61,900

Mid-Career: $130,500

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6. Aeronautics and Astronautics

Early Career: $74,000

Mid Career: $133,100

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5. Pharmacy

Early Career: $66,300

Mid-Career: $133,200

4. Quantitative Business Analysis

Early Career: $67,900

Mid-Career: $136,200

3. Public Accounting

Early Career: $60,000

Mid-Career: $138,800

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2. Applied Economics and Management

Early Career: $60,900

Mid-Career: $139,600

1. Operations Research

Early Career: $78,400

Mid-Career: $139,600

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(Related: 20 Best Paying College Majors (That Aren’t Engineering): 2019)

ThinkAdvisor once again gathered the 20 best paying college majors from PayScale’s annual College Salary Report.

We ranked the majors on mid-career pay — median salaries earned by holders of bachelor’s degrees with 10 or more years’ experience — as opposed to just starting salary, or 0–5 years’ experience.

We omitted engineering degrees, as these continually dominate the top of the list. In the 2020 rankings, engineering comprised 8 of the top 20 best-paying majors. Petroleum engineering took the top spot, with bachelor’s degree holders in that field earning a median $182,000 a year at mid-career.

The College Salary Report collected alumni compensation data representing 835 majors at 1,736 colleges and universities across the U.S. Click through the gallery to see the best paying college majors in 2020.

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