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Salaries by Major at University of Wisconsin Madison

How much money do University of Wisconsin Madison graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $47,100 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $64,800 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 Wisconsin graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer Engineering with a median starting salary of $76,900 followed by Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods paying $74,000 and Computer and Information Sciences graduates who have a median starting income of $71,500 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Marketing (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $108,000 followed by Business/Commerce (Master's Degree) at $107,800 and Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration (First Professional Degree) who earn $103,700 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for University of Wisconsin Madison 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 University of Wisconsin Madison graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Marketing (Master's Degree) $108,000
Business/Commerce (Master's Degree) $107,800
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration (First Professional Degree) $103,700
Finance and Financial Management Services (Master's Degree) $103,500
Engineering (Master's Degree) $101,400
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (First Professional Degree) $93,800
Mechanical Engineering (Master's Degree) $82,600
Computer Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $76,900
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $74,000
Computer and Information Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $71,500
Veterinary Medicine (First Professional Degree) $70,900
Industrial Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $69,700
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $69,100
Chemical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $68,900
Real Estate (Bachelorís Degree) $68,100
Insurance (Bachelorís Degree) $66,600
Materials Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $66,300
Biotechnology (Master's Degree) $65,700
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $65,100
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (First Professional Degree) $64,700
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $64,400
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $63,300
Chemistry (Doctoral Degree) $63,200
Curriculum and Instruction (Doctoral Degree) $61,000
Agricultural Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $61,000
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $60,900
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $60,700
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $58,100
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $57,800
Biomedical/Medical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $57,100
Geological/Geophysical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $57,100
Medicine (First Professional Degree) $56,600
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $56,300
Law (First Professional Degree) $56,000
Public Health (Master's Degree) $53,500
Public Policy Analysis (Master's Degree) $52,900
Food Science and Technology (Bachelorís Degree) $52,600
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Master's Degree) $52,500
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences (Bachelorís Degree) $52,100
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $52,000
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $49,900
General Sales, Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $48,200
Educational Administration and Supervision (Master's Degree) $46,500
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $46,500
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Master's Degree) $46,200
Chemistry (Bachelorís Degree) $45,700
Design and Applied Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $45,600
Social Work (Master's Degree) $44,600
Agricultural Business and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $43,800
Special Education and Teaching (Bachelorís Degree) $40,900
Library Science and Administration (Master's Degree) $40,900
Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate) (Bachelorís Degree) $38,100
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $37,900
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $37,600
Agricultural Public Services (Bachelorís Degree) $37,300
Genetics (Bachelorís Degree) $37,100
Animal Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $36,500
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $36,500
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology (Bachelorís Degree) $36,300
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $35,200
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $35,100
Physics (Bachelorís Degree) $34,900
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $32,800
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $32,800
Plant Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $32,600
History (Bachelorís Degree) $32,600
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $32,500
Social Work (Bachelorís Degree) $32,300
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $31,800
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $31,600
International/Global Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $31,500
Nutrition Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $31,400
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $31,100
Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $31,000
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $30,000
Fine and Studio Arts (Master's Degree) $29,200
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $29,000
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $28,800
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $28,100
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $28,000
Rural Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $27,600
Anthropology (Bachelorís Degree) $27,300
Geography and Cartography (Bachelorís Degree) $26,800
Area Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $26,100
Philosophy (Bachelorís Degree) $26,000
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (Bachelorís Degree) $25,800
Zoology/Animal Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $25,800
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $24,600
Music (Master's Degree) $22,500
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $22,200
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $19,400

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240444 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for University of Wisconsin Madison.