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Salaries by Major at Boston University

How much money do Boston University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $49,600 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $72,000 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 BU graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer Engineering with a median starting salary of $80,000 followed by Computer Science paying $78,200 and Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering graduates who have a median starting income of $67,800 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Dentistry (First Professional Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $118,400 followed by Computer Science (Master's Degree) at $106,300 and Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Master's Degree) who earn $104,000 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Boston 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 Boston University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Dentistry (First Professional Degree) $118,400
Computer Science (Master's Degree) $106,300
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Master's Degree) $104,000
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $102,800
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (Master's Degree) $99,200
Information Science/Studies (Master's Degree) $95,200
Insurance (Master's Degree) $92,400
Computer Engineering (Master's Degree) $87,300
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Master's Degree) $87,000
Finance and Financial Management Services (Master's Degree) $82,400
Law (First Professional Degree) $81,200
Computer Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $80,000
Mechanical Engineering (Master's Degree) $79,000
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $78,200
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $73,500
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other (Master's Degree) $73,100
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $67,800
Biomedical/Medical Engineering (Master's Degree) $67,600
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Doctoral Degree) $67,100
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $66,900
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Doctoral Degree) $66,400
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Master's Degree) $64,800
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (Master's Degree) $63,100
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Master's Degree) $61,100
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $59,100
Medicine (First Professional Degree) $59,000
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $56,300
Educational Administration and Supervision (Master's Degree) $55,900
Biomedical/Medical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $55,300
Social Sciences (Master's Degree) $55,100
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology (Master's Degree) $54,600
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Master's Degree) $53,500
Public Health (Master's Degree) $52,900
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $52,600
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Master's Degree) $50,400
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $50,000
Social Work (Master's Degree) $48,300
Criminal Justice and Corrections (Master's Degree) $47,700
Special Education and Teaching (Master's Degree) $47,400
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management (Master's Degree) $46,800
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Master's Degree) $45,800
Journalism (Master's Degree) $44,900
Hospitality Administration/Management (Bachelorís Degree) $44,800
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $44,400
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Master's Degree) $43,800
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (Master's Degree) $43,700
Culinary Arts and Related Services (Master's Degree) $43,100
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $42,900
International Relations and National Security Studies (Master's Degree) $42,400
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Master's Degree) $41,600
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $40,900
Social Sciences, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $40,800
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other (Master's Degree) $40,200
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $39,600
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $39,500
Design and Applied Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $39,000
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $38,900
Theological and Ministerial Studies (First Professional Degree) $37,200
Social Work (Bachelorís Degree) $37,000
International Relations and National Security Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $36,200
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $36,200
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $36,100
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $35,700
Neurobiology and Neurosciences (Bachelorís Degree) $35,700
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $34,200
Research and Experimental Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $34,100
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $33,800
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $33,700
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $33,500
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $32,000
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $31,600
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $31,000
Music (Doctoral Degree) $30,900
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $30,000
Music (Bachelorís Degree) $29,600
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $28,500
History (Bachelorís Degree) $28,100
Theological and Ministerial Studies (Master's Degree) $27,800
Music (Master's Degree) $27,700
Fine and Studio Arts (Master's Degree) $27,400
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Master's Degree) $25,300
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $23,100
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $22,700

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164988 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Boston University.