Wanna earn more money? Become an engineer

WASHINGTON — Graduates with engineering degrees earn more than most college graduates, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce.

Petroleum engineers pull in the highest annual salaries — $136,000 on average — according to the report. Students who major in engineering fields stand to make more than $90,000 a year when they get to work. Engineering jobs hold nine of the 10 spots on the list of highest paying majors. Elsewhere, a career in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science pulls a median salary of $113,000.

However, jobs in arts and education don’t fare well: A major in early childhood education earns $39,000 a year on average, making it the lowest paying major in the report. Other majors, resulting in median salaries of less than $45,000 a year, include social work, human services and community organization, visual and performing arts, and elementary education.

Highest paying college majors 

  1. Petroleum engineering: $136,000
  2. Pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, and administration: $113,000
  3. Metallurgical engineering: $98,000
  4. Mining and mineral engineering: $97,000
  5. Chemical engineering: $96,000

Lowest paying college majors

  1. Early childhood education: $39,000
  2. Human services and community organization: $41,000
  3. Studio arts: $42,000
  4. Social work: $42,000
  5. Teacher education (multiple levels): $42,000
  6. Visual and performing arts: $42,000
  7. Theology and religious vocations: $43,000
  8. Elementary education: $43,000
  9. Drama and theater arts: $45,000
  10. Family and consumer sciences: $45,000
Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at WTOP. Before joining WTOP in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

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