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Salaries by Major at Iowa State University

How much money do Iowa State University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $42,200 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $53,700 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 Computer Engineering with a median starting salary of $71,400 followed by Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering paying $71,200 and Computer Science graduates who have a median starting income of $68,900 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $92,000 followed by Industrial Engineering (Master's Degree) at $85,000 and Mechanical Engineering (Master's Degree) who earn $74,600 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Iowa 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 Iowa State University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Master's Degree) $92,000
Industrial Engineering (Master's Degree) $85,000
Mechanical Engineering (Master's Degree) $74,600
Veterinary Medicine (First Professional Degree) $72,100
Computer Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $71,400
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $71,200
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $68,900
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $68,400
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $66,000
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $65,700
Construction Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $65,400
Plant Sciences (Master's Degree) $65,100
Civil Engineering (Master's Degree) $64,700
Industrial Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $64,200
Materials Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $62,000
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $60,700
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $60,300
Agricultural Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $58,900
Management Information Systems and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $56,500
Engineering-Related Fields (Bachelorís Degree) $54,900
Agricultural Mechanization (Bachelorís Degree) $52,900
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $52,700
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $50,300
Architecture (Bachelorís Degree) $48,000
Agricultural Business and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $46,400
Landscape Architecture (Bachelorís Degree) $46,000
Education (Master's Degree) $45,900
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $45,600
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $44,800
Design and Applied Arts (Master's Degree) $44,000
Plant Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $43,700
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $42,400
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $42,200
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $42,000
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $40,600
Food Science and Technology (Bachelorís Degree) $39,500
English Language and Literature (Master's Degree) $39,400
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $39,100
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning (Bachelorís Degree) $38,900
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $37,800
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $37,700
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology (Bachelorís Degree) $37,300
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $37,000
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $36,800
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $36,700
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $36,200
Design and Applied Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $36,000
Apparel and Textiles (Bachelorís Degree) $36,000
Animal Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $35,800
Hospitality Administration/Management (Bachelorís Degree) $35,200
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Bachelorís Degree) $35,100
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $35,000
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $34,500
Forestry (Bachelorís Degree) $33,400
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $32,100
Genetics (Bachelorís Degree) $30,800
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Bachelorís Degree) $30,800
History (Bachelorís Degree) $30,600
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $30,400
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $30,200
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services (Bachelorís Degree) $30,100
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $30,000
International Agriculture (Bachelorís Degree) $28,400
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $27,800
Nutrition Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $26,900
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $25,500
Anthropology (Bachelorís Degree) $23,000

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153603 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Iowa State University.