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Salaries by Major at Columbia University in the City of New York

How much money do Columbia University in the City of New York graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $79,000 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $107,600 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 Columbia graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer Science with a median starting salary of $96,400 followed by Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing paying $85,600 and Operations Research graduates who have a median starting income of $79,000 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Law (First Professional Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $180,300 followed by Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) at $167,700 and Management Information Systems and Services (Master's Degree) who earn $146,500 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Columbia University in the City of New York 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 Columbia University in the City of New York graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Law (First Professional Degree) $180,300
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $167,700
Management Information Systems and Services (Master's Degree) $146,500
Computer Science (Master's Degree) $132,500
Operations Research (Master's Degree) $111,500
Construction Management (Master's Degree) $107,800
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) $105,600
Statistics (Master's Degree) $102,400
Computer and Information Sciences (Master's Degree) $97,700
Communication and Media Studies (Master's Degree) $97,600
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $96,400
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (Master's Degree) $94,100
Real Estate Development (Master's Degree) $90,700
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Master's Degree) $88,800
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $85,600
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Master's Degree) $81,900
Civil Engineering (Master's Degree) $80,400
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Master's Degree) $79,600
Operations Research (Bachelorís Degree) $79,000
Mechanical Engineering (Master's Degree) $77,800
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $75,300
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $74,200
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (First Professional Degree) $74,000
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $68,400
Sustainability Studies (Master's Degree) $68,300
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $68,100
Dispute Resolution (Master's Degree) $68,000
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Master's Degree) $67,400
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $66,000
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $66,000
International Relations and National Security Studies (Master's Degree) $64,000
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology (Master's Degree) $64,000
Dentistry (First Professional Degree) $63,000
Medicine (First Professional Degree) $62,900
Public Health (Master's Degree) $60,900
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $59,000
Public Health (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $58,800
Architecture (Master's Degree) $58,600
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Master's Degree) $57,000
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Master's Degree) $54,000
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning (Master's Degree) $54,000
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $51,100
Social Sciences, Other (Master's Degree) $50,800
Social Work (Master's Degree) $50,700
Social Sciences, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $49,800
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies (Master's Degree) $45,500
Research and Experimental Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $45,000
Journalism (Master's Degree) $43,800
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $43,800
Sustainability Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $42,500
History (Bachelorís Degree) $42,100
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $41,500
Area Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $41,300
Neurobiology and Neurosciences (Bachelorís Degree) $40,300
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $39,600
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $39,400
Anthropology (Bachelorís Degree) $35,100
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $33,100
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Master's Degree) $31,600
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Master's Degree) $25,400
Visual and Performing Arts, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $21,800
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $19,700
Visual and Performing Arts, Other (Master's Degree) $17,500

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190150 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Columbia University in the City of New York.