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Salaries by Major at Illinois State University

How much money do Illinois State University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $39,700 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $49,000 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 ISU graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Construction Management with a median starting salary of $64,500 followed by Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing paying $62,500 and Computer Science graduates who have a median starting income of $62,300 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $93,200 followed by Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) at $69,900 and Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) who earn $60,800 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Illinois State 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 Illinois State University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) $93,200
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $69,900
Construction Management (Bachelorís Degree) $64,500
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $62,500
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $62,300
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $60,800
Management Information Systems and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $56,500
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $53,900
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians (Bachelorís Degree) $53,600
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $53,100
Insurance (Bachelorís Degree) $52,800
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $51,100
Public Health (Bachelorís Degree) $50,300
Computer and Information Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $49,400
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $49,200
Curriculum and Instruction (Master's Degree) $44,900
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $43,600
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Bachelorís Degree) $43,600
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $43,500
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $43,500
Communication and Media Studies (Master's Degree) $42,900
Special Education and Teaching (Bachelorís Degree) $42,600
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $42,500
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $41,900
International Business (Bachelorís Degree) $41,500
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians (Bachelorís Degree) $40,600
Social Work (Master's Degree) $40,400
Agriculture (Bachelorís Degree) $39,500
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Master's Degree) $39,300
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $37,600
Graphic Communications (Bachelorís Degree) $37,200
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $36,500
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (Master's Degree) $35,900
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $35,900
Music (Bachelorís Degree) $35,000
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $34,500
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $34,000
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $33,700
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $33,100
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management (Bachelorís Degree) $32,800
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $32,100
Music (Master's Degree) $31,700
Criminal Justice and Corrections (Bachelorís Degree) $31,000
History (Bachelorís Degree) $31,000
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $30,500
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $30,300
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $29,700
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $29,200
Social Work (Bachelorís Degree) $28,800
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $27,500
Visual and Performing Arts, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $27,400
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Bachelorís Degree) $27,100
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $23,100

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=145813 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Illinois State University.