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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.

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: $97,900

Mid-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.

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