The 50 highest-paying college majors



When choosing a major, there's more to consider than earning potential  you'll want to pursue something that aligns with your interests and passions.
Still, it's nice to know which degrees lead to the big bucks.

In a 2016 report, job-hunting site Glassdoor analyzed hundreds of thousands of resumes and corresponding salary reports to determine the 50 college majors with the highest starting salaries.
Read on to see which degrees cracked the top 50. We also included the median base salary and three popular entry-level jobs for each, all from Glassdoor. 

50. Biology

Median base salary: $41,250
Popular entry-level jobs: Lab assistant, paramedic, tutor

49. Social work

Median base salary: $41,656
Popular entry-level jobs: Social worker, mental health counselor, camp counselor

48. Health care administration

Median base salary: $42,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Medical assistant, file clerk, office manager

47. Sociology

Median base salary: $42,000
Popular entry-level jobs: HR assistant, account manager, administrative assistant

46. Psychology

Median base salary: $42,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Case manager, mental health counselor, sales associate

45. Liberal Arts

Median base salary: $42,500
Popular entry-level jobs: Sales manager, receptionist, teacher

44. Biochemistry

Median base salary: $42,672
Popular entry-level jobs: Research technician, pharmacy technician, chemist

43. Hospitality management

Median base salary: $42,734
Popular entry-level jobs: Food and beverage manager, front desk manager, housekeeping manager

42. Anthropology

Median base salary: $43,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Project coordinator, research assistant, administrative assistant

41. Education

Median base salary: $43,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Special education teacher, elementary school teacher, language arts teacher

40. Sports management

Median base salary: $43,156
Popular entry-level jobs: Personal trainer, sales associate, production assistant

39. Public relations

Median base salary: $43,156
Popular entry-level jobs: Public relations coordinator, account executive, event planner

38. Film studies

Median base salary: $44,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Production coordinator, video editor, proposal manager

37. Music

Median base salary: $44,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Music teacher, audio engineer, media sales

36. Chemistry

Median base salary: $44,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Pharmacy technician, chemist, laboratory technician

35. Interior design

Median base salary: $44,098
Popular entry-level jobs: Interior designer, visual merchandiser, drafter

34. Communications

Median base salary: $44,190
Popular entry-level jobs: Public relations coordinator, journalist, content marketing manager

33. Spanish

Median base salary: $44,256
Popular entry-level jobs: Spanish teacher, Spanish translator, project manager

32. Social science

Median base salary: $45,000
Popular entry-level jobs: HR assistant, management consultant, visual merchandiser

31. Environmental science

Median base salary: $45,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Environmental scientist, laboratory technician, safety manager

30. Philosophy

Median base salary: $45,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Teaching assistant, writer, consultant

29. Advertising

Median base salary: $45,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Account executive, marketing analyst, media planner

28. Journalism

Median base salary: $45,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Reporter, editor, public relations coordinator

27. Human resources

Median base salary: $45,000
Popular entry-level jobs: HR coordinator, corporate recruiter, HR analyst

26. History

Median base salary: $45,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Research assistant, history teacher, teaching assistant

25. Political Science

Median base salary: $45,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Law clerk, paralegal, consultant

24. English

Median base salary: $45,000
Popular entry-level jobs: English teacher, editor, copywriter

23. Marketing

Median base salary: $45,475
Popular entry-level jobs: Marketing coordinator, account executive, marketing analyst

22. Graphic design

Median base salary: $45,846
Popular entry-level jobs: Graphic designer, web designer, art manager

21. International relations

Median base salary: $45,880
Popular entry-level jobs: Marketing associate, English teacher, research assistant

20. Business

Median base salary: $47,850
Popular entry-level jobs: Account manager, marketing manager, market research analyst

19. Fashion design

Median base salary: $50,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Fashion designer, textile designer, stylist

18. Architecture

Median base salary: $50,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Architect, CAD designer, project designer

17. Biotechnology

Median base salary: $50,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Laboratory technician, quality control analyst, research associate

16. Physics

Median base salary: $50,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Physicist, research fellow, computer programmer

15. Economics

Median base salary: $52,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Financial analyst, management analyst, accountant

14. Accounting

Median base salary: $52,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Accountant, auditor, financial analyst

13. Biomedical engineering

Median base salary: $52,814
Popular entry-level jobs: Biomedical engineer, service engineer, clinical research associate

12. Mathematics

Median base salary: $54,018
Popular entry-level jobs: Math teacher, software engineer, data analyst

11. Finance

Median base salary: $54,900
Popular entry-level jobs: Financial analyst, investment banking analyst, accountant

10. Management information systems

Median base salary: $58,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Network administrator, help desk analyst, business analyst

9. Nursing

Median base salary: $58,928
Popular entry-level jobs: Registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, case manager

8. Statistics

Median base salary: $60,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Data analyst, statistician, data scientist

7. Civil engineering

Median base salary: $61,500
Popular entry-level jobs: Civil engineer, structural engineer, field engineer

6. Information technology

Median base salary: $64,008
Popular entry-level jobs: Programmer analyst, technical support, systems engineer

5. Industrial engineering

Median base salary: $64,381
Popular entry-level jobs: Industrial engineer, quality engineer, production planner

4. Chemical engineering

Median base salary: $65,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Chemical engineer, process engineer, project engineer

3. Mechanical engineering

Median base salary: $68,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Mechanical engineer, design engineer, project engineer

2. Electrical engineering

Median base salary: $68,438
Popular entry-level jobs: Electrical engineer, systems engineer, software developer

1. Computer science

Median base salary: $70,000
Popular entry-level jobs: Software engineer, systems engineer, web developer

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