2008 Best Paying Majors

05May08

The numbers are in. Thanks to Blueprint for Financial Prosperity here is the list:

  • Chemical Engineering – $63,749 (+6.2%)
  • Computer Science – $56,921 (+7.9%)
  • Electrical Engineering – $56,512 (+3.5%)
  • Mechanical Engineering – $56,429 (+3.4%)
  • Economics – $52,926
  • Nursing – $52,129
  • Chemistry – $52,125
  • Civil Engineering – $49,427 (+4.8%)
  • Finance – $48,795 (+1.9%)
  • Accounting – $47,413 (+1.9%)
  • Business Administration, Management – $43,823 (+<1.0%)
  • Marketing – $43,459 (+5.2%)
  • Political science/government – $43,594
  • Human resources – $40,250
  • History – $35,956
  • Communications – $35,196
  • English language and literature – $34,757
  • Journalism – $32,250
  • Psychology – $30,877
  • Public relations/organizational communications – $30,667

The Dealio

Hit the ground running. The more money you have to begin with, the easier it is to invest. It’s as simple as that. If you start off strong not only do you have the financial means, but you also have that psychology to be confident in your investments. Never let emotions run your personal finances.

Is This Accurate?

These numbers were produced by CNN Money and is reflective of the nation’s average salary per discipline. If you want more localized salaries specific to your state, or even your city, I suggest checking out SimplyHired. SimplyHired is a website to find jobs, but there is also a great salary calculator that shows how much others in your city or field are getting paid.

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3 Responses to “2008 Best Paying Majors”

  1. 1 Dustin

    As an engineer I love hearing this, but there are definitely higher paying careers, and almost all of them are medical: (from forbes, top 25 careers)
    Anesthesiologists
    Mean Annual Wage: $184,340
    One-Year Change: 5.8%
    No. In Employment: 29,890

    Surgeons
    Mean Annual Wage: $184,150
    One-Year Change: 3.6%
    No. In Employment: 51,900

    Obstetricians And Gynecologists
    Mean Annual Wage: $178,040
    One-Year Change: 3.6%
    No. In Employment: 22,520

    Orthodontists
    Mean Annual Wage: $176,900
    One-Year Change: 8.3%
    No. In Employment: 5,200

    Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons
    Mean Annual Wage: $164,760
    One-Year Change: 2.6%
    No. In Employment: 5,320

    Internists, General
    Mean Annual Wage: $160,860
    One-Year Change: 2.8%
    No. In Employment: 48,700

    Prosthodontists
    Mean Annual Wage: $158,940
    One-Year Change: 8.8%
    No. In Employment: 480

    Psychiatrists
    Mean Annual Wage: $149,990
    One-Year Change: 2.6%
    No. In Employment: 24,730

    Family And General Practitioners
    Mean Annual Wage: $149,850
    One-Year Change: 6.8%
    No. In Employment: 109,400

    Chief Executives
    Mean Annual Wage: $144,600
    One-Year Change: 3.4%
    No. In Employment: 299,520

    Physicians And Surgeons, All Other
    Mean Annual Wage: $142,220
    One-Year Change: 2.4%
    No. In Employment: 208,960

    Pediatricians, General
    Mean Annual Wage: $141,440
    One-Year Change: 1.6%
    No. In Employment: 28,930

    Dentists, General
    Mean Annual Wage: $140,950
    One-Year Change: 5.4%
    No. In Employment: 86,110

    Airline Pilots, Copilots And Flight Engineers
    Mean Annual Wage: $140,380
    One-Year Change: 4.0%
    No. In Employment: 75,810

    Podiatrists
    Mean Annual Wage: $118,500
    One-Year Change: 6.5%
    No. In Employment: 9,020

    Lawyers
    Mean Annual Wage: $113,660
    One-Year Change: 2.8%
    No. In Employment: 547,710

    Air Traffic Controllers
    Mean Annual Wage: $110,270
    One-Year Change: 4.2%
    No. In Employment: 23,240

    Engineering Managers
    Mean Annual Wage: $110,030
    One-Year Change: 4.3%
    No. In Employment: 183,960

    Dentists, All Other Specialists
    Mean Annual Wage: $108,340
    One-Year Change: -6.3%
    No. In Employment: 4,560

    Natural Sciences Managers
    Mean Annual Wage: $107,970
    One-Year Change: 8.9%
    No. In Employment: 38,660

    Marketing Managers
    Mean Annual Wage: $107,610
    One-Year Change: 5.5%
    No. In Employment: 159,950

    Computer And Information Systems Managers
    Mean Annual Wage: $107,250
    One-Year Change: 4.8%
    No. In Employment: 251,210

    Sales Managers
    Mean Annual Wage: $102,730
    One-Year Change: 4.3%
    No. In Employment: 307,960

    Petroleum Engineers
    Mean Annual Wage: $101,620
    One-Year Change: 4.4%
    No. In Employment: 15,060

    Financial Managers
    Mean Annual Wage: $101,450
    One-Year Change: 5.0%
    No. In Employment: 468,270

  2. 2 syalam

    I’ll agree to that. This post is a bit misleading and could be renamed to 2008 Best Paying Bachelor’s Degrees.


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