Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far


  • Early career pay: $101,000
    Mid-career pay: $168,000
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  • Early career pay: $68,000
    Mid-career pay: $121,000
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  • Early career pay: $58,000
    Mid-career pay: $119,000
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  • Early career pay: $69,000
    Mid-career pay: $118,000
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  • Early career pay: $65,000
    Mid-career pay: $116,000
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  • Early career pay: $69,000
    Mid-career pay: $115,000
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  • Early career pay: $67,000
    Mid-career pay: $114,000
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  • Early career pay: $67,000
    Mid-career pay: $114,000
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  • Early career pay: $65,000
    Mid-career pay: $113,000
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  • Early career pay: $68,000
    Mid-career pay: $109,000
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  • Early career pay: $71,000
    Mid-career pay: $109,000
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  • Early career pay: $66,000
    Mid-career pay: $108,000
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  • Early career pay: $61,000
    Mid-career pay: $108,000
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  • Early career pay: $64,000
    Mid-career pay: $107,000
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  • Early career pay: $62,000
    Mid-career pay: $107,000
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PayScale ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering. The data covers both early-career and mid-career salaries. The two that are not in engineering are in mathematics. This data can be helpful when determining how much debt a student is willing to take on in order to earn a particular bachelor's degree.

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In an upcoming article, we'll look at how PayScale's updated data shows engineering salaries ranked by school.

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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