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Salaries by Major at Purdue University Main Campus

How much money do Purdue University Main Campus graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $47,200 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $61,200 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 Purdue graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer Science with a median starting salary of $84,800 followed by Computer Engineering paying $71,600 and Mechanical Engineering graduates who have a median starting income of $69,200 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration (First Professional Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $110,200 followed by Engineering, Other (Master's Degree) at $89,400 and Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) who earn $87,000 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Purdue University Main Campus 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 Purdue University Main Campus graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration (First Professional Degree) $110,200
Engineering, Other (Master's Degree) $89,400
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $87,000
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $84,800
Veterinary Medicine (First Professional Degree) $78,300
Computer Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $71,600
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $69,200
Industrial Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $68,900
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $68,300
Architectural Engineering Technologies/Technicians (Bachelorís Degree) $66,000
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $65,900
Computer and Information Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $65,800
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $63,900
Agricultural Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $63,700
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $62,000
Electrical Engineering Technologies/Technicians (Bachelorís Degree) $61,600
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $61,200
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians (Bachelorís Degree) $59,300
Engineering Technology (Bachelorís Degree) $58,400
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $56,300
Communication and Media Studies (Master's Degree) $56,200
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $56,000
Education (Master's Degree) $54,200
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $53,700
Communication and Media Studies (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $53,400
Statistics (Bachelorís Degree) $52,600
General Sales, Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $48,900
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma) $47,500
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $46,900
Agricultural Business and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $46,500
Hospitality Administration/Management (Bachelorís Degree) $43,700
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Bachelorís Degree) $42,600
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $41,900
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $41,300
Air Transportation (Bachelorís Degree) $40,300
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $40,000
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Business Services (Bachelorís Degree) $39,700
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $39,300
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $37,600
Design and Applied Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $37,600
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $36,100
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $35,900
Computer Software and Media Applications (Bachelorís Degree) $35,000
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services (Bachelorís Degree) $33,800
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $33,500
Animal Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $32,800
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $31,200
Research and Experimental Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $28,700
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $27,300
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $24,200

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=243780 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Purdue University Main Campus.