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Salaries by Major at West Virginia University

How much money do West Virginia University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $38,000 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $50,600 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 WVU graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Mining and Mineral Engineering with a median starting salary of $66,800 followed by Industrial Engineering paying $65,400 and Mechanical Engineering graduates who have a median starting income of $63,600 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration (First Professional Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $115,400 followed by Dentistry (First Professional Degree) at $109,700 and Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) who earn $94,500 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for West Virginia 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 West Virginia University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration (First Professional Degree) $115,400
Dentistry (First Professional Degree) $109,700
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) $94,500
Business/Commerce (Master's Degree) $80,800
Human Resources Management and Services (Master's Degree) $76,000
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (First Professional Degree) $70,200
Mining and Mineral Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $66,800
Industrial Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $65,400
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $63,600
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $63,200
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $62,500
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $62,100
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $60,300
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $60,200
Dental Support Services and Allied Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $58,800
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Master's Degree) $58,200
Petroleum Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $57,600
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $57,500
Computer Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $56,800
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $55,700
Management Information Systems and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $54,900
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $53,400
Medicine (First Professional Degree) $53,000
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Master's Degree) $52,400
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $51,800
Law (First Professional Degree) $51,100
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $48,500
Public Health (Master's Degree) $48,300
Business/Managerial Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $41,000
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $40,600
Business/Commerce (Bachelorís Degree) $40,500
Special Education and Teaching (Master's Degree) $40,400
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $39,800
Education (Master's Degree) $39,300
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Master's Degree) $39,200
Social Work (Master's Degree) $38,900
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (Master's Degree) $38,300
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $38,100
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Master's Degree) $37,100
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $35,300
Design and Applied Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $34,500
Forestry (Bachelorís Degree) $34,400
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences (Bachelorís Degree) $32,400
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $32,100
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $31,700
Agricultural Business and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $31,100
Criminology (Bachelorís Degree) $30,900
Geography and Cartography (Bachelorís Degree) $30,800
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other (Bachelorís Degree) $30,500
Criminal Justice and Corrections (Bachelorís Degree) $30,000
Social Work (Bachelorís Degree) $30,000
Animal Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $29,200
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Bachelorís Degree) $28,600
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $28,300
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services (Bachelorís Degree) $27,800
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $27,600
History (Bachelorís Degree) $27,400
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $27,100
Music (Bachelorís Degree) $26,300
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $26,300
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $26,200
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $22,800
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $22,700
Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $21,900
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $19,400
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $18,900
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $15,500

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=238032 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for West Virginia University.