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Salaries by Major at James Madison University

How much money do James Madison University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $43,500 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $60,300 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 JMU graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Information Science/Studies with a median starting salary of $68,400 followed by Computer and Information Sciences paying $67,900 and Finance and Financial Management Services graduates who have a median starting income of $62,100 .

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 $109,400 followed by Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) at $86,100 and Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Master's Degree) who earn $67,500 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for James Madison 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 James Madison University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Master's Degree) $109,400
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $86,100
Information Science/Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $68,400
Computer and Information Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $67,900
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Master's Degree) $67,500
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $62,500
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $62,100
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $61,900
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $57,100
Systems Science and Theory (Bachelorís Degree) $56,600
Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $56,100
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Master's Degree) $54,800
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $52,600
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $48,300
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $48,300
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $48,100
Special Education and Teaching (Master's Degree) $48,000
Science, Technology and Society (Bachelorís Degree) $47,400
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $46,900
Education (Master's Degree) $45,900
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (Master's Degree) $44,600
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Bachelorís Degree) $43,200
Hospitality Administration/Management (Bachelorís Degree) $41,500
International Business (Bachelorís Degree) $40,700
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Master's Degree) $39,900
Public Administration (Bachelorís Degree) $39,900
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $38,300
Geography and Cartography (Bachelorís Degree) $37,700
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $36,900
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $36,700
International Relations and National Security Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $34,300
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $32,700
Music (Bachelorís Degree) $31,600
History (Bachelorís Degree) $31,100
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $30,800
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences (Bachelorís Degree) $30,500
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $30,300
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $29,500
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $29,200
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $29,200
Social Work (Bachelorís Degree) $29,000
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $27,900
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Bachelorís Degree) $27,300
Anthropology (Bachelorís Degree) $26,100
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $25,700
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $24,200
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $22,900
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $17,600

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=232423 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for James Madison University.