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50 Highest Paying College Majors Revealed in New Study

Glassdoor analyzed nearly 500,000 resumes to determine what it called the 50 highest paying college majors

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    Glassdoor analyzed nearly 500,000 resumes to determine what it called the 50 highest paying college majors, highlighting those that pay the most during the first five years out of college.

    Want college to pay off? "Not all degrees are created equal," a newly released study from Glassdoor finds.

    The jobs and recruiting site analyzed nearly 500,000 resumes to determine what it called the 50 highest paying college majors, highlighting those that pay the most during the first five years out of college.

    Computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering topped the list with median base salaries of $70,000, $68,438 and $68,000, respectively, but STEM majors didn't completely saturate the list.

    Glassdoor points out that majors such as graphic design, interior design, public relations and philosophy also surfaced in its research.

    "With approximately 70 percent of American high school graduates enrolling in colleges and universities each year," Glassdoor representatives said in a statement, "a college degree has become an essential stepping stone to landing a great first job."

    Below is Glassdoor's findings of the highest-paying 50 majors, including median base salary and popular entry-level jobs.

    1. Computer Science
    Median Base Salary: $70,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Web Developer

    2. Electrical Engineering
    Median Base Salary: $68,438
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Electrical Engineer, Systems Engineer, Software Developer

    3. Mechanical Engineering
    Median Base Salary: $68,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Mechanical Engineer, Design Engineer, Project Engineer

    4. Chemical Engineering
    Median Base Salary: $65,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Chemical Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer

    5. Industrial Engineering
    Median Base Salary: $64,381
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Industrial Engineer, Quality Engineer, Production Planner

    6. Information Technology
    Median Base Salary: $64,008
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Programmer Analyst, Technical Support, Systems Engineer

    7. Civil Engineering
    Median Base Salary: $61,500
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Field Engineer

    8. Statistics
    Median Base Salary: $60,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Data Analyst, Statistician, Data Scientist

    9. Nursing
    Median Base Salary: $58,928
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Registered Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Case Manager

    10. Management Information Systems
    Median Base Salary: $58,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Network Administrator, Help Desk Analyst, Business Analyst

    11. Finance
    Median Base Salary: $54,900
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Financial Analyst, Investment Banking Analyst, Accountant

    12. Mathematics
    Median Base Salary: $54,018
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Math Teacher, Software Engineer, Data Analyst

    13. Biomedical Engineering
    Median Base Salary: $52,814
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Biomedical Engineer, Service Engineer, Clinical Research Associate

    14. Accounting
    Median Base Salary: $52,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Accountant, Auditor, Financial Analyst

    15. Economics
    Median Base Salary: $52,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Financial Analyst, Management Analyst, Accountant

    16. Physics
    Median Base Salary: $50,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Physicist, Research Fellow, Computer Programmer

    17. Biotechnology
    Median Base Salary: $50,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Laboratory Technician, Quality Control Analyst, Research Associate

    18. Architecture
    Median Base Salary: $50,000; Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Architect, CAD Designer, Project Designer

    19. Fashion Design
    Median Base Salary: $50,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Stylist

    20. Business
    Median Base Salary: $47,850
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Account Manager, Marketing Manager, Market Research Analyst

    21. International Relations
    Median Base Salary: $45,880
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Marketing Associate, English Teacher, Research Assistant

    22. Graphic Design
    Median Base Salary: $45,846
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Art Manager

    23. Marketing
    Median Base Salary: $45,475
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Marketing Coordinator, Account Executive, Marketing Analyst  

    24. English
    Median Base Salary: $45,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: English Teacher, Editor, Copywriter

    25. Political Science
    Median Base Salary: $45,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Law Clerk, Paralegal, Consultant  

    26. History
    Median Base Salary: $45,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Research Assistant, History Teacher, Teaching Assistant

    27. Human Resources
    Median Base Salary: $45,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: HR Coordinator, Corporate Recruiter, HR Analyst

    28. Journalism
    Median Base Salary: $45,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Reporter, Editor, Public Relations Coordinator

    29. Advertising
    Median Base Salary: $45,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Account Executive, Marketing Analyst, Media Planner

    30. Philosophy
    Median Base Salary: $45,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Teaching Assistant, Writer, Consultant  

    31. Environmental Science
    Median Base Salary: $45,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Environmental Scientist, Laboratory Technician, Safety Manager

    32. Social Science
    Median Base Salary: $45,000; Popular Entry-Level Jobs: HR Assistant, Management Consultant, Visual Merchandiser

    33. Spanish
    Median Base Salary: $44,256
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Spanish Teacher, Spanish Translator, Project Manager

    34. Communications
    Median Base Salary: $44,190
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Public Relations Coordinator, Journalist, Content Marketing Manager

    35. Interior Design
    Median Base Salary: $44,098
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Interior Designer, Visual Merchandiser, Drafter

    36. Chemistry
    Median Base Salary: $44,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Pharmacy Technician, Chemist, Laboratory Technician

    37. Music
    Median Base Salary: $44,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Music Teacher, Audio Engineer, Media Sales

    38. Film Studies
    Median Base Salary: $44,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Production Coordinator, Video Editor, Proposal Manager

    39. Public Relations
    Median Base Salary: $43,156
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Public Relations Coordinator, Account Executive, Event Planner

    40. Sports Management
    Median Base Salary: $43,156
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Personal Trainer, Sales Associate, Production Assistant  

    41. Education
    Median Base Salary: $43,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Special Education Teacher, Elementary School Teacher, Language Arts Teacher

    42. Anthropology
    Median Base Salary: $43,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Project Coordinator, Research Assistant, Administrative Assistant  

    43. Hospitality Management  
    Median Base Salary: $44,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Food and Beverage Manager, Front Desk Manager, Housekeeping Manager

    44. Biochemistry
    Median Base Salary: $42,672
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Research Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Chemist

    45. Liberal Arts
    Median Base Salary: $42,500
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Sales Manager, Receptionist, Teacher

    46. Psychology
    Median Base Salary: $42,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Case Manager, Mental Health Counselor, Sales Associate

    47. Sociology
    Median Base Salary: $42,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: HR Assistant, Account Manager, Administrative Assistant  

    48. Healthcare Administration
    Median Base Salary: $42,000
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Medical Assistant, File Clerk, Office Manager

    49. Social Work
    Median Base Salary: $41,656
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Camp Counselor

    50. Biology
    Median Base Salary: $41,250
    Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Lab Assistant, Paramedic, Tutor