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College Degrees by Salary - Top Salary by College Degree, Education Investment

Best and Worst Bachelor's Degrees by Starting Salary

Last Updated: April 28, 2016

College graduates in the class of 2015 starting salaries were low- to mid-$60,000s for engineers and the mid-$40,000s for humanities majors. While many factors contribute to job satisfaction, key among them is monetary compensation. This is especially true if you spent four years of your time, and money, in college studying for life in your chosen field. Hopefully, the work is rewarding in and of itself, but if you struggle to maintain a comfortable standard of living for you and your family, you may regret the trade-off. So if you or someone you know is weighing college degree options, the following list of the best and worst degrees by starting salary may be worth a browse.

Information from the graduating class of 2015



Petroleum Engineering $101,000
Nuclear Engineering $  68,200
Actuarial Engineering $  58,800
Chemical Engineering $  69,500
Electronics & Communication Engineering $  65,000
Computer Science & Engineering $  69,100
Electrical & Computer Engineering $  67,000
Systems Engineering $  67,100
Aeronautical Engineering $  65,100
Computer Engineering $  68,400




Advertising $35,700
Music/Drama $36,700
Public Relations $36,200
Middle School Teachers $36,800
High School Teachers $38,100
Special Education Teachers $38,400
Social Work $39,100
Marketing $41,481
Human Resources $42,495

Is the degree of your dreams among the worst by salary? By all means, do not allow that to dissuade you. The truth is, the more passionate you are about a subject, the more adept you will probably be at its mastery. And the better you are at what you do, the greater your opportunities for advancements in all sorts of unforeseen, lucrative directions. On the flip side, if you're up in the air about your field of focus, why not consider a degree program that is the most lucrative among them?

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