22 College Majors With the Highest Starting Salaries

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By Jacquelyn Smith

Salary potential shouldn't be the sole thing that attracts you to a major in college — things like passion, interest, and aptitude should also be considered. But it's still nice to know which degrees pay off the fastest. (And we can't blame you for being drawn to those.)

PayScale, the creator of the world's largest compensation database, recently looked at the starting pay for millions of professionals and sorted the results by college major.

Here are the 22 majors with the highest starting salaries:
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22 College Majors With the Highest Starting Salaries

Median starting pay: $56,900

Median mid-career pay: $99,100

% change from starting to mid-career: +74%

Median starting pay: $57,000

Median mid-career pay: $90,400

% change from starting to mid-career: +59%

Median starting pay: $57,200

Median mid-career pay: $105,100

% change from starting to mid-career: +85%

Median starting pay: $58,900

Median mid-career pay: $88,200

% change from starting to mid-career: +50%

Median starting pay: $59,600

Median mid-career pay: $92,200

% change from starting to mid-career: +55%

Median starting pay: $59,800

Median mid-career pay: $85,100

% change from starting to mid-career: +42%

Median starting pay: $60,800

Median mid-career pay: $119,600

% change from starting to mid-career: +97%

Median starting pay: $61,600

Median mid-career pay: $103,600

% change from starting to mid-career: +68%

Median starting pay: $61,700

Median mid-career pay: $99,800

% change from starting to mid-career: +62%

Median starting pay: $61,900

Median mid-career pay: $97,200

% change from starting to mid-career: +57%

Median starting pay: $62,100

Median mid-career pay: $101,600

% change from starting to mid-career: +64%

Median starting pay: $63,200

Median mid-career pay: $101,400

% change from starting to mid-career: 60%

Median starting pay: $64,000

Median mid-career pay: $105,100

% change from starting to mid-career: +64%

Median starting pay: $64,100

Median mid-career pay: $113,200

% change from starting to mid-career: +77%

Median starting pay: $64,700

Median mid-career pay: $107,900

% change from starting to mid-career: +67%

Median starting pay: $65,900

Median mid-career pay: $107,900

% change from starting to mid-career: +64%

Median starting pay: $66,500

Median mid-career pay: $113,000

% change from starting to mid-career: +70%

Median starting pay: $66,700

Median mid-career pay: $112,600

% change from starting to mid-career: +69%

Median starting pay: $67,000

Median mid-career pay: $118,800

% change from starting to mid-career: +77%

Median starting pay: $67,300

Median mid-career pay: $108,600

% change from starting to mid-career: +61%

Median starting pay: $69,600

Median mid-career pay: $116,700

% change from starting to mid-career: +68%

Median starting pay: $102,300

Median mid-career pay: $176,300

% change from starting to mid-career: +72%

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