Income by Major

Earned Income of Employed Workers by Undergraduate Major Category

Persons aged 25-34 with a Bachelor’s Degree

Undergraduate Major

Category

Percent of Workforce

Average

10th Percentile

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Agricultural Sciences

1.1%

$57,213

$32,615

$39,770

$52,450

$68,438

$91,357

Architecture

0.7%

$58,257

$31,436

$42,349

$53,336

$69,360

$88,454

Arts & Humanities

1.2%

$50,455

$27,497

$33,556

$46,025

$59,872

$79,177

Biological Sciences

3.7%

$54,211

$31,092

$36,892

$47,798

$67,647

$86,742

Business & Management

24.0%

$68,932

$32,910

$43,039

$59,255

$80,846

$113,374

Communication Technologies

0.4%

$52,561

$26,570

$34,697

$48,513

$62,770

$84,661

Communications & Media

6.3%

$57,706

$28,174

$37,534

$50,781

$69,367

$94,852

Computer Sciences

4.8%

$69,834

$34,105

$45,918

$62,880

$87,048

$111,715

Construction Services

0.5%

$72,762

$36,452

$51,525

$69,410

$86,591

$112,298

Cosmetology & Culinary Arts

0.2%

$45,036

$24,686

$31,965

$41,693

$55,435

$76,688

Criminal Justice & Fire Protection

3.4%

$52,690

$26,003

$34,165

$46,040

$63,730

$83,632

Education

6.3%

$45,002

$28,667

$34,965

$42,311

$51,093

$64,973

Electrical & Mechanical Repairs & Technologies

0.1%

$54,527

$39,151

$44,327

$54,555

$61,894

$72,121

Engineering

8.3%

$81,835

$47,799

$60,575

$79,405

$96,696

$118,318

English Literature & Rhetoric

2.4%

$49,214

$23,564

$32,056

$43,550

$59,582

$79,625

Environmental Sciences

0.8%

$49,303

$27,172

$34,738

$46,792

$61,162

$73,800

Ethnic & Civilization Studies

0.3%

$57,476

$26,294

$36,030

$48,428

$66,975

$107,571

Family & Consumer Sciences

0.7%

$44,503

$22,682

$29,538

$38,758

$51,509

$72,619

Health & Medical Professions

5.9%

$51,901

$28,359

$35,811

$46,934

$64,036

$83,147

History

1.8%

$52,442

$30,670

$35,985

$47,231

$59,169

$77,240

Law & Legal Studies

0.2%

$52,386

$35,246

$40,448

$46,633

$55,694

$87,268

Library Science

0.0%

$33,235

$33,159

$33,159

$33,159

$33,159

$33,519

Linguistics & Comparative Language

0.7%

$53,508

$27,843

$36,099

$47,767

$63,511

$88,634

Mathematics & Statistics

1.0%

$77,594

$42,927

$52,868

$73,958

$91,860

$121,427

Military Technologies

0.0%

$52,038

$50,610

$50,610

$52,920

$52,920

$52,920

Multidisciplinary Studies

1.0%

$57,380

$36,356

$41,102

$53,012

$66,431

$86,916

Nuclear, Industrial, Biotech, & Radiological Technologies

0.0%

$54,252

$39,742

$41,827

$52,536

$67,558

$73,294

Philosophy & Religious Studies

0.5%

$54,580

$24,870

$32,518

$45,197

$62,435

$85,502

Physical Fitness, Parks, Recreation, & Leisure

1.9%

$48,621

$24,548

$32,612

$42,875

$57,323

$75,547

Physical Sciences

2.1%

$59,698

$38,036

$45,192

$55,264

$69,996

$84,764

Psychology

4.5%

$47,479

$33,426

$37,083

$45,261

$56,726

$64,485

Public Administration, Policy, & Services

1.1%

$55,770

$31,253

$37,435

$47,805

$67,966

$99,154

Social Sciences

7.2%

$62,658

$30,607

$40,637

$53,380

$75,927

$102,174

Technology

0.8%

$66,921

$37,633

$49,457

$63,623

$80,014

$101,400

Theology & Religious Vocations

0.4%

$43,100

$22,951

$30,034

$38,515

$50,719

$66,731

Transportation

0.3%

$61,559

$29,755

$41,214

$56,781

$74,628

$100,802

Visual & Performing Arts

5.6%

$50,590

$24,137

$32,534

$43,419

$60,448

$84,959

Overall

100.0%

$59,523

$33,238

$41,642

$54,312

$70,910

$92,308


Source: American Community Survey, US Bureau of the Census, 2015–17 Surveys (https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/).

Notes: Earned income figures reflect wages, deferred income, and self-employment income for both full- and part-time workers with a bachelor’s degree in each category of majors in the US.  Dollar figures for 2015 and 2016 have been adjusted to 2017 dollars.  For additional information about possible full-time salary outcomes after graduation for Purdue University students, visit the Purdue Center for Career Opportunities at https://www.cco.purdue.edu/data or the Back a Boiler Comparison Tool.

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