Salary data released by the Department of Education

The Department of Education just recently released its salary data for leading professions in the U.S.

Salary data among professions

Salary data is an unconscious topic that most graduating students are interested in. Admittedly, most of the students pursuing a degree are eyeing for that high paying job after graduation. We all have ambitions and wants in life, and having a well-earning job helps us meet those goals. Some focus on providing for the needs of their families, send siblings to school, or pay off their debts during college. Everything is achievable by planning your goals properly and work direction.

In today’s technology-driven world, even non-graduates but with excellent entrepreneurial skills are capable of earning a decent to luxurious living. Students often question their career direction and the worth of finishing college.

Just today, the Department of Education released its salary data findings categorized by course programs.

The data is limited to fresh graduates who underwent one year of work experience. It does not cover those who have been for more than a year. With limited data, it is a bit difficult to assess the full extent of career success in a particular field.

Professions that earns a living. Based on the data, the computer science field makes the most income. Here are some critical data showing top colleges and top courses, creating better revenue.

Top 5 Colleges with the Highest Paying Bachelor’s’ Degrees

  • Harvey Mudd College | $158,200
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology | 155,200
  • Samuel Merritt University | 154,100
  • United States Naval Academy | 152,800
  • California Institute of Technology | 151,600

Associate vs. Bachelor’s Degree

Associate programs are usually two-year courses which focus student into skills-oriented training. While a bachelor’s degree offers a more diverse skillset to its students. Bachelor’s degrees are generally four to five-year courses.

Top Highest-paying associate Degrees

  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Software Engineering
  • Project Management

High earning Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Applied Economics and Management
  • Operations Research
  • Political Economy

It is quite apparent that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) majors are ranked at the top of the list when it comes to salary grade. It is not to discourage students from majoring in humanities and social sciences; it just so happens that the industry of today is technology-oriented.


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