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The 10 highest-paying college majors of 2019, according to PayScale

These are the 10 highest-paying college majors of 2019, according to PayScale. (via @CNBCMakeIt)

25.8.2019

These are the 10 highest-paying college majors of 2019, according to PayScale. (via CNBCMakeIt)

As part of its annual College Salary Report, released today, PayScale analyzed data from graduates of more than 2,500 schools in order to spotlight how much graduates typically make early and mid-way through their careers. The site also identified the highest-paying college majors, and polled workers about whether or not they felt their work makes the world a better place.

Percent who say their work makes the world a better place: 46%

Median salary for alumni with 10+ years of experience: $136,200

Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience: $77,900

Percent who say their work makes the world a better place: 69%

Median salary for alumni with 10+ years of experience: $142,200

Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience: $94,500

"STEM degrees do pay well according to our data. I'm not going to deny that," he tells

For instance, the highest paying major on PayScale's list is petroleum engineering — grads with this degree report average salaries of $176,900 after 10 years in the field — but Sampath says that many people with this degree end up pursuing careers in adjacent fields, like structural engineering or construction.

Among the 10 highest-paying fields, pharmacy majors scored highest in terms of meaning, with 77% saying they felt their work made a difference. This, says Sampath, is another important factor to consider.

Read more: CNBC

MakeIt I'm offended the highest paying job isn't in women studies.

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