Average Starting Salary by Major

LoanMajor has researched data from 2016 to find the average starting salary for selected bachelor’s degrees. We the American Community Survey to gather salary data for 22-24 year olds who graduated and work full time. This data can provide a starting point for salary search by major. The 75th percentile is the threshold where above you are in the top 25% of earners for that major. The 25th percentile is the threshold that if you fall below you will be in the bottom 25% of earners. We also provided a feature where you can enter a rate at which the salaries can Increase Annually to give an estimate of what that major will pay on average in 2022. Typically, wages grow by 2-3%. This will help give an early idea to the class of 2022 of what their salary expectations could be. 

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2016 Salaries

MajorAverage75th25th2022 Average Estimate
Accounting$45,304.75$56,944.55$33,664.95$54,096.24
Advertising and Public Relations$36,857.46$45,401.02$28,313.89$44,009.73
Animal Sciences$33,022.11$39,162.32$26,881.89$39,430.12
Anthropology and Archaeology$33,235.61$40,282.26$26,188.95$39,685.05
Architecture$41,929.88$52,217.45$31,642.30$50,066.46
Art and Music Education$35,100.26$41,645.38$28,555.13$41,911.54
Biology$35,854.77$46,805.11$24,904.44$42,812.48
Business Management and Administration$42,898.70$54,604.50$31,192.91$51,223.30
Chemical Engineering$62,370.89$77,166.30$47,575.48$74,474.10
Chemistry$39,672.52$51,101.88$28,243.15$47,371.06
Civil Engineering$55,918.10$67,742.05$44,094.14$66,769.13
Commercial Art and Graphic Design$38,002.82$47,539.14$28,466.49$45,377.35
Communications$39,308.95$49,547.50$29,070.39$46,936.94
Computer and Information Systems$52,125.71$68,927.16$35,324.26$62,240.82
Computer Engineering$64,353.48$82,255.42$46,451.54$76,841.42
Computer Science$67,354.71$89,737.46$44,971.95$80,425.04
Criminal Justice and Fire Protection$36,441.92$45,461.22$27,422.63$43,513.56
Criminology$34,889.77$42,670.44$27,109.10$41,660.21
Early Childhood Education$34,515.91$39,379.73$29,652.09$41,213.80
Economics$50,364.23$65,503.55$35,224.92$60,137.53
Electrical Engineering$63,584.10$86,013.90$41,154.30$75,922.74
Elementary Education$33,818.35$39,035.59$28,601.10$40,380.87
English Language and Literature$37,372.49$47,443.31$27,301.68$44,624.71
Environment Science$35,246.47$44,650.00$25,842.93$42,086.12
Family and Consumer Sciences$33,978.51$42,824.85$25,132.17$40,572.11
Finance$51,734.80$65,683.37$37,786.23$61,774.06
Fine Arts$36,831.12$47,373.86$26,288.38$43,978.28
General Business$43,337.90$56,486.86$30,188.94$51,747.72
General Education$36,644.20$43,289.35$29,999.05$43,755.09
General Engineering$55,258.36$70,954.91$39,561.81$65,981.37
General Medical and Health Services$35,702.08$44,657.60$26,746.56$42,630.15
History$40,014.44$53,315.69$26,713.18$47,779.33
Hospitality Management$37,068.24$47,624.52$26,511.95$44,261.42
Human Resources and Personnel Management$37,760.00$46,623.60$28,896.40$45,087.41
International Relations$46,426.68$57,752.61$35,100.75$55,435.89
Journalism$37,692.34$46,886.73$28,497.96$45,006.63
Language and Drama Education$36,251.52$43,365.09$29,137.94$43,286.20
Marketing and Marketing Research$42,741.85$53,663.85$31,819.85$51,036.00
Mass Media$37,794.86$46,518.81$29,070.92$45,129.04
Mathematics$49,863.98$68,956.13$30,771.83$59,540.20
Mechanical Engineering$57,723.98$70,926.99$44,520.96$68,925.45
Nursing$47,290.40$57,963.72$36,617.08$56,467.21
Operations Logistics and E-Commerce$54,335.00$64,455.35$44,214.65$64,878.83
Physical Fitness Parks Recreation and Leisure$35,424.36$45,384.00$25,464.73$42,298.54
Political Science and Government$44,012.43$58,576.96$29,447.90$52,553.14
Psychology$36,085.86$48,966.36$23,205.35$43,088.40
Social Work$31,050.23$35,648.37$26,452.09$37,075.60
Sociology$37,109.91$47,927.84$26,291.97$44,311.17
Special Needs Education$36,414.74$43,769.36$29,060.11$43,481.10
Theology and Religious Vocations$30,308.57$35,667.02$24,950.12$36,190.02