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Salaries by Major at Grand Valley State University

How much money do Grand Valley State University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $35,600 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $44,600 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 GVSU graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Mechanical Engineering with a median starting salary of $66,200 followed by Computer and Information Sciences paying $63,900 and Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing graduates who have a median starting income of $56,800 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $104,700 followed by Business/Commerce (Master's Degree) at $69,200 and Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Doctoral Degree) who earn $68,700 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Grand Valley 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 Grand Valley State University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Master's Degree) $104,700
Business/Commerce (Master's Degree) $69,200
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Doctoral Degree) $68,700
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $66,200
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (Master's Degree) $64,100
Computer and Information Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $63,900
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $60,100
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $56,800
Information Science/Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $56,200
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Master's Degree) $54,800
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians (Bachelorís Degree) $54,200
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $52,900
Special Education and Teaching (Master's Degree) $51,100
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $50,300
International Business (Bachelorís Degree) $49,000
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $48,000
Education (Master's Degree) $48,000
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $47,100
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $45,700
Educational Administration and Supervision (Master's Degree) $44,800
Business/Managerial Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $44,600
Statistics (Bachelorís Degree) $44,200
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $43,800
Curriculum and Instruction (Master's Degree) $43,700
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $43,000
Chemistry (Bachelorís Degree) $42,700
Public Health (Master's Degree) $42,100
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $41,800
Social Work (Master's Degree) $41,200
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $37,700
Biological and Physical Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $35,900
Criminal Justice and Corrections (Bachelorís Degree) $35,400
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $34,800
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $34,800
Education (Bachelorís Degree) $34,800
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Bachelorís Degree) $33,800
Music (Bachelorís Degree) $33,400
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $33,000
Social Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $32,800
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $32,600
Hospitality Administration/Management (Bachelorís Degree) $32,400
Legal Support Services (Bachelorís Degree) $31,700
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $31,000
Public Administration (Bachelorís Degree) $30,600
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $30,300
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Bachelorís Degree) $29,700
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $29,400
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $29,400
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $29,300
History (Bachelorís Degree) $29,200
Social Work (Bachelorís Degree) $29,100
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $29,000
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs (Bachelorís Degree) $28,900
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $28,900
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $28,000
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $26,400
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $26,300
International Relations and National Security Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $25,200
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $25,000
Anthropology (Bachelorís Degree) $24,600
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $22,800

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=170082 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Grand Valley State University.