The Top 10 Degrees for Earnings Are All STEM

The highest paying bachelor's degrees -- both in starting salaries and mid-career incomes -- are mostly engineering and entirely STEM disciplines.

Rob Spiegel

August 27, 2015

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The Top 10 Degrees for Earnings Are All STEM

Here’s a peek at the top 10 bachelor’s degrees for career earnings. All of them are STEM degrees, and seven of them are engineering degrees. The stats were compiled by PayScale, which collected data from degreed US workers.

Workers with advanced degrees were excluded in order to avoid skewing the income results. The survey analyzed starting and mid-career salaries for 120 of the most popular undergrad programs. Mid-career salaries measure earnings 15 years after graduation. PayScale cautions that the high starting salaries do not suggest ease in finding employment. Yet the high starting salaries must have some correlation to demand.

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While engineering degrees nabbed seven of the top 10 spots, even the three non-engineering degrees were close in kind: physics, applied math, and computer science. Looks like these are good years for STEM degrees.

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Median starting salary: $97,900Mid-Career average: $155,000

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Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 15 years, 12 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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