Computer Science, Electrical – Electronics, Mechatronics, Chemical, Construction majors are leading the list.
Employees who specialized in Engineering – Technology have better median base salary compared with other majors. – Photo: Huffington Post
Engineering and Technology are always the most strenuous areas in higher education. In fact, everything has its price: most engineers gets the highest median base salary.
According to the most recent research of Glassdoor which collected information from over 500,000 engineers in the USA, the median base salary in the first 5 years of Engineering – Technology majors are always on top of the list. There are 8 out of 10 high-paying majors belongs to the engineering fields. On the top 50, majors of the group STEM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics) accounts for almost a half.
Nowadays, employers require higher and higher education level of the employees. Engineers holding degrees from prestigious universities usually have opportunities to get better jobs.
On a larger scale – regardless of majors & reputation of the universities, researchers of the Hamilton Project has proved that the average income of those who earned bachelor’s degree are always higher than those with diplomas from high schools or colleges.
It is certain that all of the statistics are just for reference within the scale of the survey. Making great efforts to follow high-paying majors regardless of one’s abilities & aspiration will be a waste of time; it’s very hard to have such optimistic outcomes as expected above.
Here are the top 10 majors having the highest median base salary per year in the USA of 2016:
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
Median Base Salary: $60,000
Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Data Analyst, Statistician, Data Scientist
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
Writer: THI CA
(Source: Washington Post)