Income by Major

Earned Income of Employed Workers by Undergraduate Major Category

Persons aged 25-34

UG Major Category% of WorkforceAverage  10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian  75th Percentile90th Percentile
Agricultural Science 1.1% $51,066 $17,176 $29,942 $42,053 $59,675 $85,107
Architecture 0.7% $49,293 $15,614 $31,229 $46,461 $61,948 $80,101
Arts and Humanities 1.4% $41,821 $12,390 $24,030 $24,030 $52,656 $72,867
Biological Sciences 3.2% $46,124 $14,886 $26,024 $40,051 $57,253 $80,101
Business and Management 24.2% $58,400 $20,426 $33,311 $49,966 $70,208 $100,126
Communication Technologies 0.3% $45,479 $15,019 $26,024 $38,202 $58,073 $81,565
Communications and Media 6.8% $50,068 $15,614 $29,938 $43,054 $61,948 $87,760
Computer Sciences 4.3% $68,243 $22,028 $40,181 $61,948 $83,630 $114,505
Construction Services 0.4% $62,685 $27,065 $45,057 $61,948 $78,072 $98,085
Cosmetology and Culinary Arts 0.2% $37,019 $10,325 $20,819 $35,104 $48,526 $62,457
Criminal Justice and Fire Protection 2.8% $46,009 $17,021 $29,037 $41,052 $57,253 $79,113
Education 7.1% $36,334 $12,906 $25,032 $36,137 $44,761 $54,068
Engineering 6.9% $72,276 $26,024 $49,559 $68,143 $88,481 $111,382
English Literature and Rhetoric 2.7% $42,775 $12,015 $23,231 $37,474 $52,863 $76,403
Environmental Sciences 0.7% $43,390 $13,417 $24,779 $37,169 $54,721 $74,338
Ethnic and Civilization Studies 0.3% $45,569 $11,357 $23,747 $36,433 $54,068 $83,276
Family and Consumer Sciences 0.9% $37,461 $11,451 $21,682 $33,311 $46,461 $65,082
Heatlh and Medical Professions 6.6% $50,395 $18,724 $32,441 $48,526 $62,457 $80,101
History 1.9% $47,043 $13,422 $25,332 $39,556 $56,786 $82,598
Law and Legal Studies 0.2% $45,922 $18,217 $26,024 $36,046 $52,048 $80,101
Linguistics and Comparative Language 0.8% $43,172 $12,390 $24,030 $37,447 $52,048 $77,436
Mathematics and Statistics 0.8% $63,106 $20,526 $33,865 $50,063 $75,095 $105,133
Multidisciplinary Studies 0.9% $42,685 $12,015 $23,747 $36,653 $50,591 $72,273
Philosophy and Religious Studies 0.6% $49,302 $12,491 $24,983 $40,051 $59,334 $82,598
Physical Fitness, Parks, Recreation, and Leisure 1.7% $42,014 $13,835 $24,779 $37,370 $51,624 $70,088
Physical Sciences 1.9% $51,195 $16,020 $30,038 $44,056 $62,457 $90,114
Psychology 4.3% $41,717 $12,390 $24,030 $36,137 $51,624 $72,273
Public Administration, Policy, and Services 1.0% $37,245 $12,491 $24,030 $33,311 $44,396 $62,457
Social Sciences 7.1% $57,293 $16,020 $30,038 $45,057 $67,662 $100,126
Technology 0.8% $62,789 $21,327 $38,724 $60,076 $79,113 $104,096
Theology and Religious Vocations 0.5% $36,757 $12,015 $20,819 $33,042 $46,843 $62,078
Transportation 0.4% $62,025 $20,025 $36,137 $53,067 $77,436 $107,377
Visual and Performing Arts 6.6% $42,108 $11,357 $21,682 $36,137 $52,048 $74,594

Source: American Community Survey, US Bureau of the Census, 2013-15 Survey (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 only in each category of majors in the US.  Dollar figures for 2013 and 2014 have been adjusted to 2015 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 at http://compare.backaboiler.org/.

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