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Chemical engineers have the higest median life-time earning, but economic majors who are at the top percentile do even better, according to the Hamilton Project. Check out your earnings potential at their interactive chart. in contrast, the Bureau of Labor statistics says the top earners are surgeons and other medical professionals associated with lengthy training and licensing restrictions. Both, of course, did not mention entrepreneurs ...
- Who have the top paying jobs according to the Hamilton Project?
- How do the engineering and economic majors differ in their median incomes, vs their top-percentile incomes?
- Where can I find specific data and chart on income levels for other education levels and specializations?
- Who are the top earners according to the Bureau of Labor statistics?
Dishes - Hamilton Project & Interactive Chops - Bureau of Labor statistics
Over the entire working life, the typical college graduate will earn $1.19 million in today’s dollars. This is more than twice as much as the lifetime earnings of a typical high school graduate ($580,000), and $335,000, or 39 percent, more than that of a typical associate’s degree graduate. What is less understood is that not all college degrees are the same. Earnings differ dramatically across majors—in starting salaries, wage growth over time, and ultimately lifetime earnings.
This interactive chart explores the relationship between earnings and college majors.
"Now check out how the view changes when, instead of tracking median graduate, we look at all graduates. The graph below depicts the range of lifetime earnings that graduates in each major can expect to make. Up until about the 57th percentile, engineers make the most. But then the earnings curve for economics grads basically goes parabolic. At the 95th percentile, they can expect to earn more than $3 million more during their lifetime than an engineering grad."
Want to guarantee yourself a steady, well-paid career? Major in engineering. Want to take a shot at striking it rich? Then major in economics. At least, that's how I'd sum up the findings of a new report and interactive tool from the Hamilton Project, which looks at how the value...
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- Anesthesiologists $232,8302.
- Surgeons $230,5403.
- Obstetricians and Gynecologists $216,7604.
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons $216,4405.
- Internists, General $191,520
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This is a job ranking by US News, not strictly by salary level, and is not based on the Bureau of Labor statistics.
U.S. News's job rankings for this year's best occupations overall, based on their hiring prospects, unemployment rates, salaries, and job satisfaction. The top jobs include software developer, computer systems analyst and dentist.
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