Payscale’s Majors That Pay You Back starts with engineering majors: Petroleum engineers start at $98,000 and earn a median mid-career salary of $163,000. Then comes other STEM majors such as applied math, computer science, statistics and physics.
Government is the top-earning non-STEM major, as measured by mid-career pay, at the 14th spot. Government majors start at $42,000 and hit $95,600 by mid-career, according to Payscale.
Economics is 15th and international relations is 16th. Then it’s back to STEM majors till urban planning pops up at #40.
Education is #110 with a median starting salary of $37,200 and mid-career median of $55,000.
Some of the lowest-paying majors — special education, Biblical studies, social work and child and family studies — make the list of Majors That Change the World.
Most new jobs don’t require a college degree, notes Cost of College. However, most of the fastest growing jobs — retail sales, home health aide, personal care aide, clerical worker — pay poorly.