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Salaries by Major at University of Southern California

How much money do University of Southern California graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $60,000 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $85,500 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 USC graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer Software and Media Applications with a median starting salary of $91,500 followed by Computer Engineering paying $86,400 and Computer Science graduates who have a median starting income of $85,200 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences (Graduate/Professional Certificate) program rank first with a median initial income of $184,800 followed by Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) at $159,600 and Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other (Master's Degree) who earn $138,400 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for University of Southern California 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 Southern California graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $184,800
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) $159,600
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other (Master's Degree) $138,400
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $122,100
Real Estate Development (Master's Degree) $109,300
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration (First Professional Degree) $109,000
Computer Science (Master's Degree) $108,200
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Master's Degree) $107,700
Educational Administration and Supervision (Doctoral Degree) $98,900
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $95,700
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Master's Degree) $95,600
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration (Master's Degree) $95,200
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Master's Degree) $94,300
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Master's Degree) $92,300
Computer Software and Media Applications (Bachelorís Degree) $91,500
Law (First Professional Degree) $89,300
Legal Professions and Studies, Other (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $88,600
Engineering, Other (Master's Degree) $87,700
Computer Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $86,400
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $85,500
Dentistry (First Professional Degree) $85,400
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $85,200
Mechanical Engineering (Master's Degree) $82,900
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Master's Degree) $78,700
Civil Engineering (Master's Degree) $78,100
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $76,000
Industrial Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $73,600
Biomedical/Medical Engineering (Master's Degree) $73,200
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $72,800
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Doctoral Degree) $72,400
Petroleum Engineering (Master's Degree) $72,200
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $71,500
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $70,500
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Master's Degree) $70,100
Taxation (Master's Degree) $69,500
Dental Support Services and Allied Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $69,400
Finance and Financial Management Services (Master's Degree) $69,000
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (Master's Degree) $66,900
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $66,500
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $64,600
Biomedical/Medical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $64,500
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $64,500
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $64,000
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $63,400
Geography and Cartography (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $63,000
Communication and Media Studies (Master's Degree) $60,400
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations (Master's Degree) $60,100
Medicine (First Professional Degree) $58,700
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Master's Degree) $58,600
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning (Master's Degree) $58,200
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $57,800
Public Policy Analysis (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $57,700
Geography and Cartography (Master's Degree) $55,700
Public Policy Analysis (Master's Degree) $55,000
Architecture (Master's Degree) $54,800
Applied Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $53,700
Special Education and Teaching (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $50,500
Social Work (Master's Degree) $49,900
Educational Administration and Supervision (Master's Degree) $49,000
Architecture (Bachelorís Degree) $48,600
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions (Master's Degree) $47,900
Gerontology (Master's Degree) $47,500
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $47,300
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Master's Degree) $47,200
Public Health (Master's Degree) $46,800
Library Science and Administration (Master's Degree) $45,300
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning (Bachelorís Degree) $45,200
Philosophy (Bachelorís Degree) $44,900
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $43,800
Journalism (Master's Degree) $43,400
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $42,300
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Master's Degree) $42,100
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $40,700
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $40,600
International Relations and National Security Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $39,900
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $39,200
Music (Doctoral Degree) $38,500
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies (Master's Degree) $35,800
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language (Master's Degree) $35,700
International/Global Studies (Master's Degree) $35,200
Design and Applied Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $35,100
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Bachelorís Degree) $34,600
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $34,600
History (Bachelorís Degree) $34,000
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $33,600
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $32,700
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $32,400
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $31,700
Social Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $30,800
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Master's Degree) $30,800
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Master's Degree) $29,600
Human Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $29,500
Public Health (Bachelorís Degree) $27,800
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $27,400
Neurobiology and Neurosciences (Bachelorís Degree) $27,300
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $25,500
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management (Bachelorís Degree) $24,300
Music (Bachelorís Degree) $23,600
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $20,400
Music (Master's Degree) $16,200
Music (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $15,500

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=123961 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for University of Southern California.