The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree

Master’s Degree/Starting Salaries by Academic Major

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Academic MajorMeanLow-High
AGRICULTURE $46,949 $39,700-$52,500
Agriculture Business and Management $45,567 $35,308-$61,320
Agricultural Public Services $39,700 $39,700-$39,700
Animal Sciences $41,960 $33,356-$56,000
Food Science and Technology $44,420 $43,571-$50,000
Plant Sciences $44,342 $25,875-$53,000
NATURAL RESOURCES $50,771 $43,125-$56,600
Natural Resource Conservation and Research $52,016 $44,202-$56,775
Natural Resources Management $51,500 $43,125-$55,000
Forestry $44,111 $32,333-$51,500
ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES $53,051 $46,111-$59,370
Architecture $53,033 $46,111-$59,890
City/urban, Community, and Regional Planning $54,168 $51,827-$58.850
Landscape Architecture $35,143 $21,500-$51,000
Real estate Development $64,625 $64,625-$64,625
AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES $53,935 $33,500-$59,250
Area $54,625 $33,500-$86,500
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, And Group Studies $53,182 $37,000-$59,250
COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS $50,565 $38,146-$54,500
Communication and Media Studies $55,411 $41,200-$85,005
Journalism $40,466 $38,146-$44,883
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication $67,837 $42,778-$88,482
Publishing $35,300 $35,300-$35,300
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES       $89,184 $75,137-$105,480
Computer and Information Sciences $91,689 $74,917-$105,059
Information Science $65,503 $58,500-$75,833
Computer Science $90,934 $85,000-$105,480
Computer Software and Media Applications $53,550 $52,500-$54,250
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications $106,088 $109,566-$109,566
Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management $77,192 $73,110-$80,148
EDUCATION $48,312 $42,092-$53,000
Curriculum and Instruction $46,845 $43,983-$51,452
Education Administration and Supervision $51,006 $42,125- $61,106
Education /Instructional Media Design $52,454 $51,500-$55,000
Special Education and Teaching $47,919 $43,700-$51,767
Student Counseling and Personnel Services $42,046 $37,284- $45,746
Teacher Education, Specific Levels and Methods $44,648 $42,092-$51,000
Teacher Education, Specific Subjects Areas $46,145 $38,457-$51,761
Teaching English as a Second Language $45,504 $41,000-$47,350
ENGINEERING $75,038 $61,333-$87454
Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering $78,811 $72,500-$80,212
Agricultural Engineering $41,066 $34,833-$47,249 est.
Biomedical/Medical Engineering $60,777 $51,500-$69,818
Chemical Engineering $64,140 $56,831-$71,260
Civil Engineering  $58,290 $54,540-$64,680
Computer Engineering $87,546 $76,500-$104,200
Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering $86,218 $76,982-$106,732
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering $61,870 $56,667-$70,000
Materials Engineering $91,863 $66,700-$114,025
Mechanical Engineering $66,786 $61,143-$78,058
Nuclear Engineering $56,643 $20,000-$71,833
Systems Engineering $102,840 $104,930-$77,941
Construction Engineering $65,000 $65,000-$65,000
Industrial Engineering $58,312 $49,115-$70,625
Operations Research $78,572 $77,941-$77,941
Geological/Geophysical Engineering $56,083 $52,900-$52,900
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering $82,846 $83,553-$83,553
 
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES $75,140 $60,750-$93,396
Electrical Engineering Technologies/Technicians $63,067 $52,500-$67,667
Electromechanical Technologies $60,750 $60,750-$60,750
Industrial Production Technologies $56,600 $44,000-$60,000
Engineering Related Fields $79,177 $73,750-$87,070
FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, & LINGUISTICS $62,289 $45,000-$68,667
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies $55,506 $42,200-$54,007
Romance Languages $60,475 $51,000-$67,500
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES $46,477 $41,500-$56,650
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences $41,931 $30,000-$48,883
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services $44,512 $45,788-$57916
Housing and Human Environments $56,650 $56,650-$56,650
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services $45,665 $38,209-$49,486
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS  $44,661 $40,000-$51,501
English Language and Literature/Letters $44,002 $40,250-$48,250
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies $45,394 $36,500-$53,687
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES, AND HUMANITIES $47,583 $45,480-$50,500
Liberal Arts and Sciences,  $47,583 $45,480-$50,500
General Studies, and Humanities
BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES $68,262 $52,813-$73,837
Biology $45,404 $38,356-$57,437
Botany $33,889 $31,333-$31,333
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology       $109,060 $113,896-$113,896
Biotechnology $53,678 $53,678-$53,678
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology $69,742 $73,837-$73,837
MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS $88,312 $63,980-$125,742
Mathematics $72,976 $62,057-$81,042
Applied Mathematics $113,001 $89,000-$125,743
Statistics $66,230 $63,980-$69,750
MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES $65,488 $45,557-$74,427
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution $65,286 $61,889-$67,638
Science, Technology, and Society $49,869 $42,454-$70,167
International/Global Studies $43,607 $34,140-$51,343
Computational Science $112,905 $113,300-$113,300
Human Computer Interaction $70,946 $74,427-$74,427
Sustainability Studies $61,946 $66,489-$66,489
PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, & FITNESS STUDIES  $42,831 $37,134-$46,750
Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies $36,205 $23,524-$46,750
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management $43,708 $37,134-$51,778
Health and Physical Education/Fitness $44,708 $38,784-$48610
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES $69,380 $59,140-$87,500
Philosophy $75,656 $59,140-$87,500
PHYSICAL SCIENCES $60,920 $45,667-$78,000
Chemistry $51,908 $34,250-$58,750
Geological and Earth Sciences $68,691 $44,750-$93,500
Physics $65,875 $45,667-$85,500
PSYCHOLOGY  $44,904 $40,653-$50,275
Psychology $49,053 $42,700-$54,420
Clinical, Counseling, and Applied Psychology $42,615 $37,152-$43,092
HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING, AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES $53,221 $40,333-$70,375
Criminal Justice and Corrections $45,136 $40,333-$46,968
Fire Protection  $73,434 $70,873-$75,995
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS $48,279 $41,436-$54,851
Public Administration $57,222 $49,111-$68,413
Public Policy Analysis $55,455 $57,359-$57,359
Social Work $42,188 $39,300-$46,891
SOCIAL SCIENCES $50,705 $44,917-$59,000
Anthropology $40,831 $37,833-$47,142
Criminology $38,033 $36,925-$40,167
Economics $53,064 $43,788-$56,150
Geography $57,735 $46,000-$66,143
International Relations and National Security Studies $45,887 $44,857-$47,330
Political Science and Government $57,392 $59,750-$60,200
Sociology $47,530 $43,186-$55,375
TRANSPOTATION AND MATERIALS MOVING $54,224 $38,887-$93,083
Air Transportation $54,224 $38,887-$93,083
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS $55,044 $46,281-$58,333
Visual and Performing Arts $46,856 $46,281-$46,281
Design and Applied Arts $64,397 $50,674-$92,333
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stragecraft $34,850 $30,000-$37,500
Film/Video and Photographic Arts $56,359 $57,900-$58,500
Fine and Studio Arts  $41,480 $31,750-$48,875
Music $42,167 $33,667-$52,733
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management $54,909 $53,750-$61,667
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS $74,388 $56,155-$91,000
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services $58,688 $52,263-$65,302
Health and Medical Administrative Services $93,333 $72,163-$107,359
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services $64,444 $62,250-$72,892
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention and Treatment Professions $81,929 $87,500-$90,700
Mental and Social Health Services $43,696 $38,167-$46,333
Public Health $56,319 $54,092-$61.913
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions $54,041 $45,966-$61,918
Medical Illustration and Informatics $125,769 $71,111-$192,727
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services $49,185 $49,100-$53,400
Bioethics/Medical Ethics $117,199 $117,199-$117,199
Registered Nursing $82,508 $71,120-$98,148
Practical Nursing $75,625 $73,333-$77,000
BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, & RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES $68,292 $52,875
Business Administration/Management $73,951 $58,119-$80,780
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management $81,833 $81,833-$81,833
Accounting $54,721 $50,941-$56,891
Business/Managerial Economics  $69,284 $61,500-$77,500
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations $60,340 $60,378-$60,378
Finance $71,383 $58,330-$79,655
Human Resources Management  $56,476 $44,000-$68,812
International Business $54,090 $49,055-$52,652
Management Information Systems  $73,444 $65,000-$78,868
Marketing $66,537 $51,961-$75,033
Real Estate $63,466 $54,153-$75,000
Taxation $77,219 $70,833-$81,500
Construction Management $55,143 $52,667-$52,667
Telecommunications Management $97,700 $97,700-$97,700
HISTORY $45,925 $39,250-$48,393

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