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Salaries by Major at Cornell University

How much money do Cornell University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $68,400 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $98,400 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 Cornell graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer Science with a median starting salary of $116,300 followed by Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering paying $87,200 and Operations Research graduates who have a median starting income of $79,900 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Law (Doctoral Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $175,200 followed by Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) at $142,300 and Computer Science (Master's Degree) who earn $113,700 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Cornell 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 Cornell University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Law (Doctoral Degree) $175,200
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $142,300
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $116,300
Computer Science (Master's Degree) $113,700
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Master's Degree) $107,100
Human Resources Management and Services (Master's Degree) $95,100
Operations Research (Master's Degree) $94,500
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Master's Degree) $94,100
Systems Engineering (Master's Degree) $88,500
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $87,200
Mechanical Engineering (Master's Degree) $79,900
Operations Research (Bachelorís Degree) $79,900
Computer and Information Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $79,600
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $77,500
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $76,300
Chemical Engineering (Master's Degree) $75,600
Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $73,900
Agricultural Business and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $73,300
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $72,700
Civil Engineering (Master's Degree) $71,500
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $67,500
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $67,100
Biomedical/Medical Engineering (Master's Degree) $66,700
Human Resources Management and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $66,700
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Master's Degree) $66,200
Medicine (First Professional Degree) $61,700
Veterinary Medicine (Doctoral Degree) $61,300
Hospitality Administration/Management (Bachelorís Degree) $57,900
Public Policy Analysis (Bachelorís Degree) $55,500
Hospitality Administration/Management (Master's Degree) $53,500
Agricultural Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $51,200
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning (Master's Degree) $51,000
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $49,100
Architecture (Bachelorís Degree) $48,400
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $47,100
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $45,100
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $44,400
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $43,300
Area Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $40,800
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning (Bachelorís Degree) $38,500
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $38,100
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $38,000
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $36,200
Agriculture (Bachelorís Degree) $35,500
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $35,400
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $32,800
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $32,200
Chemistry (Bachelorís Degree) $31,000
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Bachelorís Degree) $28,000
Nutrition Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $26,700
Animal Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $26,300

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190415 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Cornell University.