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Top 50 majors with the highest paying jobs in 2016

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When it comes to selecting an undergraduate major, some people choose what they are really good at, some may choose what is the most popular, and most people may choose what can make them score big or select one of the highest paying jobs.

The following table that shows the majors for the highest paying jobs is gathered from three sources – PayScale, College Choice, and Business Insider.  Please note:

  • From the list of PayScale, some majors may have the same rankings.
  • The list from Business Insider only shows the median instead of the range of annual salaries.   Besides, it only shows the job titles instead of majors.
  • In each row, the rankings of a major and its salaries are indicated.
  • We listed the top 20 undergraduate majors each from PayScale, College Choice, and the top 25 jobs from Business Insider.   Altogether, the 50 majors (or jobs) with the highest earnings are presented.

The List of Highest Paying Jobs

Sources of Reference:

  1. PayScale: College Salary Report -Highest Paying Bachelor Degrees
  2. College Choice: 50 Highest Paying Careers for College Graduates 
  3. Business Insider: The 25 highest-paying jobs you can get with a bachelor’s degree 


9 Responses to Top 50 majors with the highest paying jobs in 2016

  1. Amaya August 4, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    I noticed the list is for undergraduate majors. What about the Top 50 for graduate majors?

    • August 4, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

      Hi there,
      We should have a post titled “Top 50 graduate majors with the highest paying jobs” in the next two weeks. Please check our website regularly.

    • August 17, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

      Dear Amaya,

      We just published a post – the Top 50 Graduate Majors with the Highest Paying Jobs.”
      Please take a look.

      Let us know if we could be of further assistance.

  2. Picachu August 9, 2016 at 10:55 pm #

    I am a little confused by the table. For example, why there are three #1s, but they all have different salaries?

    • August 10, 2016 at 10:00 am #

      We are going to make the table a clear for every reader. We will put colors on different columns so you can make sense of the table. Sorry for the confusion and thanks for the comments.

  3. August 10, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    Hi Picachu,

    Is the table better for you to understand now? Let us know. Your comments are always welcome.

  4. Picachu August 13, 2016 at 12:57 am #

    That does make sense to me now. Thanks for the work.

  5. MonaBernanski August 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

    When one just looks at the highest paying jobs, it could be misleading because the locations where the jobs are offered have a lot to do how much one could save for life.

    • August 29, 2016 at 6:26 am #

      That is true. How much we can save is a lot more important than how much we can earn.

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