Salary comparison website PayScale’s College Salary Report, which analyzed data from graduates of more than 2,500 schools, found that the highest-paying college majors are almost all STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees.
As it turns out, petroleum engineering is America’s highest-earning bachelor degree, paying its holders a median salary of $94,500, with zero to five years of experience. That jumps to an average of $175,900 after ten years.
The most common job for petroleum engineering majors is, as expected, being a petroleum engineer, and other jobs include working in industry sales and as cost estimators.
The second highest-paying degree, according to the report, is electrical engineering and computer science, which has an early career median pay of $88,000 and a mid-career median salary of a solid $142,200.
Check out the rest of the top 10 highest-paying college degrees below: