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Salaries by Major at University of Colorado Boulder

How much money do University of Colorado Boulder graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $39,800 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $56,900 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 CU Boulder graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer Science with a median starting salary of $70,100 followed by Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering paying $67,400 and Computer Engineering graduates who have a median starting income of $67,200 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Engineering (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $107,000 followed by Computer Science (Master's Degree) at $91,100 and Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Doctoral Degree) who earn $88,200 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for University of Colorado Boulder 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 Colorado Boulder graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Engineering (Master's Degree) $107,000
Computer Science (Master's Degree) $91,100
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Doctoral Degree) $88,200
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Master's Degree) $86,500
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $72,400
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $70,100
Mechanical Engineering (Master's Degree) $69,200
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $67,400
Computer Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $67,200
Civil Engineering (Master's Degree) $66,200
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $63,800
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $62,100
Architectural Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $61,400
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $59,500
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $59,100
Biochemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $56,800
Law (First Professional Degree) $56,600
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $55,600
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (Master's Degree) $52,700
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $49,500
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma) $48,200
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $47,300
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $46,400
Curriculum and Instruction (Master's Degree) $44,300
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $42,700
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $38,500
Music (Doctoral Degree) $37,600
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $37,100
Environmental Design (Bachelorís Degree) $36,300
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $36,200
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $35,900
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences (Bachelorís Degree) $35,300
Communication and Media Studies (Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma) $35,000
Political Science and Government (Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma) $34,900
Sociology (Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma) $34,700
Geography and Cartography (Bachelorís Degree) $33,500
International/Global Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $33,200
History (Bachelorís Degree) $33,000
Psychology (Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma) $33,000
Neurobiology and Neurosciences (Bachelorís Degree) $32,300
Fine and Studio Arts (Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma) $32,300
Fine and Studio Arts (Master's Degree) $30,900
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma) $30,700
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $30,200
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $29,800
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $29,700
Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $28,800
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $28,500
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $28,300
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Bachelorís Degree) $28,200
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $27,800
Astronomy and Astrophysics (Bachelorís Degree) $27,700
Neurobiology and Neurosciences (Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma) $26,600
Music (Bachelorís Degree) $26,500
Anthropology (Bachelorís Degree) $25,800
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $25,400
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $25,000
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $24,700
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $22,700
Philosophy (Bachelorís Degree) $22,000
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services (Master's Degree) $21,800
Music (Master's Degree) $21,800
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $18,600

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=126614 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for University of Colorado Boulder.