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Best paying undergrad courses in the US


The sciences still reign at the top echelons of the pay scale, according to a recent study by payscale.com. Engineering students should particularly be happy to know they are in demand, with an average starting salary of $60,000 per year. Humanities students have to contend with a much lower starting salary, if they are lucky to get a job.


The top five best paying careers are all in Engineering; Petroleum, Chemical, Electrical, Material Science and Aerospace in that order. A graduate in Petroleum Engineering starts with a salary of $97,900.


In contrast, graduating with a degree in Special Education, Culinary arts, Social Work, Elementary Education and Child & Family studies ranked lowest paying professions in the research with an average starting pay of $31,000.


Degrees Degrees
Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 2 years of experience; mid-career have 15 years. See full methodology for more.

Selected courses and entry level salary


Petroleum Engineering        $97,900
Computer Engineering        $61,800
Applied Mathematics           $52,600
Economics                          $47,300
Software Engineering         $54,900
Finance                               $46,500
Construction Mngmnt         $50,200
Food Science                     $43,300
International Business        $41,600
Chemistry                           $42,000
International Relations        $40,500
Political Science                 $39,900
Information Technology       $48,300
Philosophy                          $39,800
Architecture                        $41,500
Marketing & Comms          $38,200
Journalism                          $36,100
HR                                      $37,900
Sociology                           $36,100
Music                                  $36,800
Graphic Design                  $35,600
Education                           $36,800
Paralegal/Law                    $35,300
Social Work (SW)             $32,200


Do you think this is reflective of the Kenyan skilled market? are engineering graduates paid better than other graduates?

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