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Salaries by Major at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

How much money do California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $50,900 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $69,400 on average.

In terms of specific areas of study, the following is a ranking of degree programs by the median first-year starting salaries for Cal Poly graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer and Information Sciences with a median starting salary of $115,000 followed by Computer Engineering paying $88,200 and Construction Engineering Technologies graduates who have a median starting income of $78,300 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $97,200 followed by Engineering (Master's Degree) at $71,200 and Civil Engineering (Master's Degree) who earn $69,000 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo graduates who received federal financial aid in the form of grants or loans. Not all graduates or fields of study are represented as data for some degree programs are omitted for privacy purposes.

Median first-year earnings for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Computer and Information Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $115,000
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Master's Degree) $97,200
Computer Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $88,200
Construction Engineering Technologies (Bachelorís Degree) $78,300
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $73,800
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $71,600
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $71,600
Engineering (Master's Degree) $71,200
Industrial Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $69,100
Civil Engineering (Master's Degree) $69,000
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $68,100
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $66,700
Materials Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $64,000
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $62,600
Biomedical/Medical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $60,800
Architectural Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $60,400
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $59,800
Business/Commerce (Bachelorís Degree) $57,700
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Bachelorís Degree) $56,300
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning (Master's Degree) $55,800
Agricultural Business and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $54,700
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $53,300
Architecture (Bachelorís Degree) $52,900
Education (Master's Degree) $51,400
Graphic Communications (Bachelorís Degree) $50,100
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $46,800
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $45,800
Landscape Architecture (Bachelorís Degree) $44,300
Food Science and Technology (Bachelorís Degree) $43,800
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management (Bachelorís Degree) $43,200
Plant Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $41,100
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $41,000
Forestry (Bachelorís Degree) $39,900
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $38,400
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $38,100
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $33,300
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $32,600
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $31,600
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $31,400
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $31,200
Natural Resources Management and Policy (Bachelorís Degree) $29,900
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $29,600
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $29,500
Animal Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $29,100
History (Bachelorís Degree) $28,800
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $27,000
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Bachelorís Degree) $26,000
Social Sciences, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $21,400

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110422 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.