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Salaries by Major at Northwestern University

How much money do Northwestern University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $70,400 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $89,800 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 Northwestern graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer Science with a median starting salary of $88,500 followed by Computer Engineering paying $80,600 and Industrial Engineering graduates who have a median starting income of $76,400 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $181,600 followed by Law (First Professional Degree) at $171,900 and Business/Commerce (Master's Degree) who earn $155,400 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Northwestern 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 Northwestern University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $181,600
Law (First Professional Degree) $171,900
Business/Commerce (Master's Degree) $155,400
Engineering-Related Fields (Master's Degree) $149,000
Engineering, Other (Master's Degree) $131,900
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Master's Degree) $107,700
Medical Illustration and Informatics (Master's Degree) $105,500
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Master's Degree) $102,400
Information Science/Studies (Master's Degree) $98,400
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (First Professional Degree) $96,400
Chemistry (Doctoral Degree) $89,400
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $88,500
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other (Master's Degree) $86,400
Computer Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $80,600
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other (Master's Degree) $80,000
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Master's Degree) $79,900
Industrial Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $76,400
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $75,700
Communication and Media Studies (Master's Degree) $74,300
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $71,000
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Doctoral Degree) $69,800
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $69,200
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $66,100
Biomedical/Medical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $64,200
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Post-baccalaureate Certificate) $63,700
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $63,200
Public Health (Master's Degree) $59,600
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences (Doctoral Degree) $59,600
Community Organization and Advocacy (Bachelorís Degree) $58,000
Medicine (First Professional Degree) $57,700
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $55,300
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (Master's Degree) $53,700
Educational Administration and Supervision (Master's Degree) $53,400
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Master's Degree) $48,700
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $47,000
International Relations and National Security Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $46,000
Music (Doctoral Degree) $43,700
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $42,600
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $42,000
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Master's Degree) $40,800
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions (Master's Degree) $39,800
Journalism (Master's Degree) $39,200
History (Bachelorís Degree) $37,100
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Master's Degree) $37,000
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $36,000
Public Policy Analysis (Bachelorís Degree) $35,100
Psychology, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $34,300
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $32,700
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $30,500
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $25,100
Music (Bachelorís Degree) $22,400
Music (Master's Degree) $21,900
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $20,600

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147767 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Northwestern University.