Top Paying Majors: When College Pays Off

It’s a known fact that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors enjoy higher wages fresh off of college compared to their peers. And as they advance further into their careers, they are seen to hold even higher earning potential, with a plethora of perks and benefits from their employers. If you’re good with numbers and the sciences, or just plain persevering enough to hit the books and drill the lessons in your head, you’ll be pleased to know that the trend favoring STEM graduates doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.

According to Glassdoor, an online recruitment and employer review website, the highest paying majors right now are in the field of technology. Some people may believe that Silicon Valley is just one giant bubble that’s about to crash any minute, but there’s no denying how valuable technology is in modernizing and evolving various industries. Regardless, Glassdoor analyzed and consolidated thousands of salary reports and this is what they found:

Listed by rank, the top five highest paying majors right now are in the fields of:

#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

According to the same report, the next set of highest paying majors are in the fields of Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Statistics, Nursing, and Management Information Systems.

Are you taking up any of the majors mentioned in the list? How do you feel about your prospects once you graduate? Let me know!