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Salaries by Major at American University

How much money do American University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $45,000 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $64,800 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 AU graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Finance and Financial Management Services with a median starting salary of $50,700 followed by Business Administration, Management and Operations paying $47,000 and Economics graduates who have a median starting income of $45,300 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Taxation (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $90,600 followed by Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) at $89,900 and Public Administration (Master's Degree) who earn $69,600 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for American University 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 American University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Taxation (Master's Degree) $90,600
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $89,900
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $69,600
Economics (Master's Degree) $68,000
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $65,300
Communication and Media Studies (Master's Degree) $64,400
Curriculum and Instruction (Master's Degree) $62,400
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (Master's Degree) $58,900
International Relations and National Security Studies (Master's Degree) $57,500
Public Policy Analysis (Master's Degree) $57,200
International and Comparative Education (Master's Degree) $55,900
Law (First Professional Degree) $55,300
Criminal Justice and Corrections (Master's Degree) $54,000
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Master's Degree) $53,000
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (Master's Degree) $52,500
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Master's Degree) $51,900
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Master's Degree) $51,400
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $50,700
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $47,000
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $45,300
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management (Master's Degree) $44,500
Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate) (Bachelorís Degree) $44,300
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $42,900
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $42,800
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $42,100
Philosophy (Master's Degree) $41,900
Political Science and Government (Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma) $41,000
Criminal Justice and Corrections (Bachelorís Degree) $40,700
International Relations and National Security Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $39,800
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $38,300
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $37,600
History (Bachelorís Degree) $36,700
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Master's Degree) $36,100
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $34,600
Public Health (Bachelorís Degree) $34,300
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $33,300
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $32,500
Area Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $32,000
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $30,700
Fine and Studio Arts (Master's Degree) $27,500
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $24,700
Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $23,900

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131159 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for American University.