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Salaries by Major at University of California San Diego

How much money do University of California San Diego graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $43,500 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $67,900 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 UCSD graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer Science with a median starting salary of $80,800 followed by Computer Engineering paying $77,400 and Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology graduates who have a median starting income of $67,800 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Computer Science (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $141,200 followed by Engineering, Other (Master's Degree) at $109,700 and Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) who earn $99,700 .

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 San Diego 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 San Diego graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Computer Science (Master's Degree) $141,200
Engineering, Other (Master's Degree) $109,700
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $99,700
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Master's Degree) $89,900
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $80,800
Computer Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $77,400
Civil Engineering (Master's Degree) $68,400
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $67,800
Biomedical/Medical Engineering (Master's Degree) $66,800
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $62,900
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $61,000
Medicine (Doctoral Degree) $57,100
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $56,700
Biology (Doctoral Degree) $55,600
Education (Master's Degree) $54,700
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $54,000
International Relations and National Security Studies (Master's Degree) $52,100
Biomedical/Medical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $50,700
Engineering, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $50,000
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $48,200
Chemistry (Doctoral Degree) $47,400
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $43,300
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $42,000
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $39,900
Biology (Master's Degree) $39,100
Urban Studies/Affairs (Bachelorís Degree) $37,700
International/Global Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $37,500
Chemistry (Bachelorís Degree) $37,500
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $36,900
Applied Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $36,300
Cognitive Science (Bachelorís Degree) $36,200
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology (Master's Degree) $34,700
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $33,800
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $33,000
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $31,200
Public Health (Bachelorís Degree) $31,000
Neurobiology and Neurosciences (Bachelorís Degree) $31,000
History (Bachelorís Degree) $30,500
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $29,000
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $28,900
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $28,500
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $28,300
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $28,300
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Bachelorís Degree) $27,400
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $27,300
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $24,000
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Master's Degree) $23,800
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $22,400
Physics (Bachelorís Degree) $21,400
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $18,500
Anthropology (Bachelorís Degree) $16,500
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $14,800
Visual and Performing Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $12,700

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110680 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for University of California San Diego.