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The Highest Paying College Majors in Engineering

May 19, 2016


What you chose for you college major makes a big impact on the amount of money you make in your life. These are the findings of the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey. 

Men and women who graduate with degrees in studies like petroleum engineering and pharmaceutical sciences earn $3.4 million more during their lifetimes than those who get degrees in low-paying fields like early adolescence education, art and social work.

Investigators took 4 years worth of information, from 2009-2013, assembled by the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, and analyzed life time median wages of college-educated employees in between the ages of 25 and 59. They additionally examined earnings of high school grads throughout that time frame. The findings may not be surprising but they are striking.


1. Petroleum Engineering

Median annual wage (ages 25-59): $136,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

2. Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration

Median annual wage (ages 25-59): $136,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

3. Metallurgical Engineering

Median annual wage (ages 25-59): $98,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

4. Mining and Mineral Engineering

Median annual wage (ages 25-59): $97,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

5. Chemical Engineering

Median annual wage (ages 25-59): $96,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

6. Electrical Engineering

Median annual wage (ages 25-59): $93,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

7. Aerospace Engineering

Median annual wage (ages 25-59): $90,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey


8. Mechanical Engineering

Median annual wage (ages 25-59): $87,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

9. Computer Engineering

Median annual wage (ages 25-59): $87,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

10. Geological and Geophysical Engineering


Median annual wage (ages 25-59): $87,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey



But college majors do not seal your destiny. Proof: the top 25% of liberal arts and liberal arts majors make greater than all-time low 25% of engineering majors. According to one of the center's findings, while education is one of the lowest-paying majors, the leading 25% of education majors make $59,000 or more annually. At the same time, the bottom 25% of those who major in engineering, which is constantly the top-earning field, make $59,000 or less.






1 comment

  1. Engineering degrees are heavy in math and science. Any student that makes it through that deserves that kind of pay.

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