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Salaries by Major at Penn State Main Campus

How much money do Penn State Main Campus graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $41,900 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $55,300 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 Penn State graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Mining and Mineral Engineering with a median starting salary of $84,100 followed by Computer and Information Sciences paying $74,100 and Chemical Engineering graduates who have a median starting income of $70,500 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Information Science/Studies (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $113,000 followed by Computer Engineering (Master's Degree) at $95,900 and Systems Engineering (Master's Degree) who earn $94,700 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Penn State Main Campus 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 Penn State Main Campus graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Information Science/Studies (Master's Degree) $113,000
Computer Engineering (Master's Degree) $95,900
Systems Engineering (Master's Degree) $94,700
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Master's Degree) $94,400
Computer and Information Sciences (Master's Degree) $91,900
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) $90,900
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $88,600
Management Information Systems and Services (Master's Degree) $87,800
Mining and Mineral Engineering (Associate's Degree) $84,100
Statistics (Master's Degree) $81,500
Finance and Financial Management Services (Master's Degree) $81,200
Chemistry (Doctoral Degree) $74,900
Computer and Information Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $74,100
Geography and Cartography (Master's Degree) $73,200
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $70,500
Biomedical/Medical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $70,100
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Master's Degree) $70,000
Engineering Science (Bachelorís Degree) $69,600
Architectural Engineering (Master's Degree) $68,400
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $67,800
Architectural Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $67,300
Industrial Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $67,200
Human Resources Management and Services (Master's Degree) $66,500
Computer Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $65,700
Petroleum Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $65,500
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $65,400
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $65,300
Polymer/Plastics Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $65,100
Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $65,000
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $63,200
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $63,000
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $62,700
Materials Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $62,500
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $61,800
Nuclear Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $61,400
Curriculum and Instruction (Doctoral Degree) $61,200
Engineering, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $60,200
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $60,000
Information Science/Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $59,700
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $58,500
Agricultural Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $58,400
Medicine (Master's Degree) $58,300
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $57,900
Management Information Systems and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $57,200
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $56,200
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians (Bachelorís Degree) $55,600
Public Health (Master's Degree) $55,400
Statistics (Bachelorís Degree) $55,300
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Associate's Degree) $53,300
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $52,300
Food Science and Technology (Bachelorís Degree) $52,100
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Master's Degree) $51,200
Curriculum and Instruction (Master's Degree) $50,000
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $49,400
Human Resources Management and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $49,000
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $48,900
Law (First Professional Degree) $48,200
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $47,800
Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $46,800
Electrical Engineering Technologies/Technicians (Associate's Degree) $45,300
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $45,000
Information Science/Studies (Associate's Degree) $44,800
Hospitality Administration/Management (Bachelorís Degree) $44,600
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences (Bachelorís Degree) $44,400
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $43,900
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Bachelorís Degree) $43,500
Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services (Bachelorís Degree) $43,400
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (Master's Degree) $43,100
Chemistry (Bachelorís Degree) $42,800
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Associate's Degree) $42,700
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants (Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma) $42,600
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $41,700
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $41,000
Educational Administration and Supervision (Master's Degree) $40,800
Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate) (Bachelorís Degree) $40,600
Agricultural Business and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $38,700
Business/Commerce (Bachelorís Degree) $38,100
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $38,000
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $37,500
International Relations and National Security Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $37,000
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services (Associate's Degree) $37,000
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $36,900
Business/Corporate Communications (Bachelorís Degree) $36,300
Business/Commerce (Associate's Degree) $35,800
Geography and Cartography (Bachelorís Degree) $34,900
Design and Applied Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $34,700
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $33,700
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $33,500
Criminal Justice and Corrections (Bachelorís Degree) $32,900
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Associate's Degree) $32,800
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Bachelorís Degree) $32,400
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Bachelorís Degree) $32,300
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $32,100
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $32,000
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (Bachelorís Degree) $31,500
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management (Bachelorís Degree) $31,200
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $31,000
Biological and Physical Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $30,600
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $29,400
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $29,100
International/Global Studies (Master's Degree) $28,800
Research and Experimental Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $28,700
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $28,600
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $28,300
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $28,300
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $28,100
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $28,000
History (Bachelorís Degree) $27,900
Physics (Bachelorís Degree) $27,900
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $27,300
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $27,300
Animal Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $27,200
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $27,200
Visual and Performing Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $26,700
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $25,200
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $24,500
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs (Bachelorís Degree) $23,400
Music (Master's Degree) $22,500
Music (Bachelorís Degree) $22,100
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $19,900
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Associate's Degree) $19,200
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $18,500
Anthropology (Bachelorís Degree) $17,800

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=214777 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Penn State Main Campus.