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Salaries by Major at University of California Berkeley

How much money do University of California Berkeley graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $53,300 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $74,700 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 UC Berkeley graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering with a median starting salary of $116,600 followed by Computer Science paying $114,800 and Business Administration, Management and Operations graduates who have a median starting income of $76,600 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $160,600 followed by Law (First Professional Degree) at $135,400 and Information Science/Studies (Master's Degree) who earn $122,000 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for University of California Berkeley 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 University of California Berkeley graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $160,600
Law (First Professional Degree) $135,400
Information Science/Studies (Master's Degree) $122,000
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $116,600
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $114,800
Mechanical Engineering (Master's Degree) $78,600
Civil Engineering (Master's Degree) $76,900
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $76,600
Education (Doctoral Degree) $76,500
Public Policy Analysis (Master's Degree) $76,000
Optometry (First Professional Degree) $75,800
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $72,700
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $71,900
Public Health (Master's Degree) $68,900
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning (Master's Degree) $68,500
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $66,000
Statistics (Bachelorís Degree) $63,700
Chemistry (Doctoral Degree) $63,200
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $63,000
Social Work (First Professional Degree) $62,800
Applied Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $61,500
Architecture (Master's Degree) $58,400
Landscape Architecture (Master's Degree) $55,700
Social Sciences, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $55,100
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Master's Degree) $54,500
Education (Master's Degree) $54,000
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences (Doctoral Degree) $51,600
Architecture (Bachelorís Degree) $47,900
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $47,300
Journalism (Master's Degree) $46,900
Physics (Bachelorís Degree) $45,800
Cognitive Science (Bachelorís Degree) $44,300
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Bachelorís Degree) $44,100
Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate) (Bachelorís Degree) $44,100
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $43,800
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (Bachelorís Degree) $43,300
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $41,600
Geography and Cartography (Bachelorís Degree) $40,100
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $40,100
Chemistry (Bachelorís Degree) $39,800
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $39,300
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $38,700
Public Health (Bachelorís Degree) $38,200
Nutrition Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $37,800
Area Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $37,400
Social Work (Bachelorís Degree) $36,300
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $35,700
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $35,200
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $34,900
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $34,900
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $33,100
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $32,100
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $28,800
History (Bachelorís Degree) $26,700
Anthropology (Bachelorís Degree) $25,500
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $25,100
Philosophy (Bachelorís Degree) $25,100
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $16,300

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110635 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for University of California Berkeley.