The 20 College Majors with the Highest Starting Salaries In 2016

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According to a recently released study by Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute, these college majors lead to the highest starting salaries for graduates. The information is based on a survey of more than 4,730 employers, accessed through nearly 200 collegiate career service centers throughout the country. Starting with number 20!

20. 

 Agricultural Business

grad 2

Average Annual Starting Salary: $43,214

Salary Range: $23,000-$55,000

19. 

Biology

grad 3

Average Annual Starting Salary: $43,404

Salary Range: $30,000-$71,400

18. 

Marketing

grad 4

Average Annual Starting Salary: $43,481

Salary Range: $27,300-$68,000

17.

Mathematics (includes applied)

mathematics

Average Annual Starting Salary: $44,609

Salary Range: $32,700-$65,000

16. 

Chemistry

chemistry

Average Annual Starting Salary: $45,209

Salary Range: $30,800-$75,400

15.

Human Resources

Human resource

Average Annual Starting Salary: $45,737

Salary Range: $30,000-$80,000

14.

Economics

economics

Average Annual Starting Salary: $46,270

Salary Range: $29,000-$75,000

13. 

Supply Chain

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Average Annual Starting Salary: $47,147

Salary Range: $30,000-$65,000

12.

Accounting

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Average Annual Starting Salary: $47,834

Salary Range: $30,000-$73,900

11.

Finance

finance

Average Annual Starting Salary: $48,785

Salary Range: $30,000-$75,950

10. 

Construction

construction

Average Annual Starting Salary: $49,672

Salary Range: $23,850-$76,050

9.

Management Information Systems

information

Average Annual Starting Salary: $51,690

Salary Range: $30,000-$85,000

8.

Civil Engineering

civil

Average Annual Starting Salary: $55,879

Salary Range: $34,700-$89,650

7. 

Computer Science

computer

Average Annual Starting Salary: $56,974

Salary Range: $34,000-$86,000

6. 

Computer Programming

programmer

Average Annual Starting Salary: $58,995

Salary Range: $34,450-$86,650

5. 

Mechanical Engineering

mechanical

Average Annual Starting Salary: $59,681

Salary Range: $33,900-$82,250

4. 

Software Design

software

Average Annual Starting Salary: $60,104

Salary Range: $33,200-$94,000

3. 

Electrical Engineering

Average Annual Starting Salary: $61,173

Salary Range: $32,800-$97,900

2. 

Computer Engineering

computer engineer

Average Annual Starting Salary: $63,313

Salary Range: $34,800-$100,200

1.

Chemical Engineering

chemical

Average Annual Starting Salary: $63,389

Salary Range: $34,850-$100,600

Regardless of what you choose as your major, make sure to select a career that will make you happy. That’s really what’s important in life.

By: Karsten Strauss

www3.forbes.com

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