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Salaries by Major at Northern Illinois University

How much money do Northern Illinois University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $37,400 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $47,600 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 Northern Illinois graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering with a median starting salary of $64,100 followed by Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing paying $62,600 and Mechanical Engineering graduates who have a median starting income of $59,900 .

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 $89,500 followed by Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) at $86,400 and Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Doctoral Degree) who earn $66,600 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Northern Illinois 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 Northern Illinois University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) $89,500
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $86,400
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Doctoral Degree) $66,600
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $64,100
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $62,600
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $61,700
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $59,900
Industrial Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $58,600
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $57,400
Educational/Instructional Media Design (Master's Degree) $57,400
Engineering Technology (Bachelorís Degree) $55,200
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $54,900
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $54,700
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $53,200
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Master's Degree) $49,700
Special Education and Teaching (Master's Degree) $48,900
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $48,400
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $48,000
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $47,900
Law (First Professional Degree) $45,200
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (Master's Degree) $45,000
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $44,300
Special Education and Teaching (Bachelorís Degree) $41,700
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $41,700
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $41,500
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $40,900
Educational Administration and Supervision (Master's Degree) $39,300
Apparel and Textiles (Bachelorís Degree) $38,000
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Master's Degree) $37,800
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Master's Degree) $37,100
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $35,700
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $35,500
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $35,000
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $34,300
Chemistry (Bachelorís Degree) $34,100
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $34,000
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $31,600
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Bachelorís Degree) $31,300
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Bachelorís Degree) $30,900
History (Bachelorís Degree) $30,700
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $30,300
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs (Bachelorís Degree) $29,100
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services (Bachelorís Degree) $29,000
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $29,000
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $28,900
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $28,700
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $28,100
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $28,000
Human Services (Bachelorís Degree) $25,700
Music (Master's Degree) $24,900
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $24,500
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $23,800
Fine and Studio Arts (Master's Degree) $23,100
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $23,100
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $20,200

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147703 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Northern Illinois University.