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Salaries by Major at Western Carolina University

How much money do Western Carolina University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $31,300 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $39,100 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 WCU graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing with a median starting salary of $56,100 followed by Engineering Technology paying $53,400 and Construction Engineering Technologies graduates who have a median starting income of $51,500 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $98,800 followed by Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Doctoral Degree) at $65,000 and Human Resources Management and Services (Master's Degree) who earn $60,100 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Western Carolina 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 Western Carolina University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) $98,800
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Doctoral Degree) $65,000
Human Resources Management and Services (Master's Degree) $60,100
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $56,100
Engineering Technology (Bachelorís Degree) $53,400
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $53,200
Construction Engineering Technologies (Bachelorís Degree) $51,500
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $50,600
Educational Administration and Supervision (Master's Degree) $50,200
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $50,000
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $49,600
Public Administration (Bachelorís Degree) $48,300
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $45,800
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Master's Degree) $44,400
Social Work (Master's Degree) $43,100
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $42,900
Education (Master's Degree) $39,400
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $39,200
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $39,000
Management Information Systems and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $38,200
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $37,300
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $35,700
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (Master's Degree) $35,500
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $34,400
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $34,200
Criminal Justice and Corrections (Bachelorís Degree) $33,000
Music (Bachelorís Degree) $32,300
Natural Resources Management and Policy (Bachelorís Degree) $30,100
Social Work (Bachelorís Degree) $29,600
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $29,400
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management (Bachelorís Degree) $28,800
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $28,500
Hospitality Administration/Management (Bachelorís Degree) $28,400
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $27,500
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $26,500
Anthropology (Bachelorís Degree) $26,500
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $24,700
History (Bachelorís Degree) $24,200
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $23,900
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $23,600
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $21,700
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $20,600
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services (Bachelorís Degree) $20,300
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $19,700

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=200004 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Western Carolina University.