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What are some college degrees that garner the highest pay?

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Among bachelor's degrees, the majors that garner the highest salaries come from the fields of engineering and computer science. People who have degrees in the fields of business and health also earn more money than the average American.

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In 2015, the highest-paying bachelor's degree is petroleum engineering. The median annual wage of a person with this degree is $136,000. If the person has 10 years of experience, a petroleum engineer can earn up to $168,000. The median annual salary of a person with a bachelor's degree in mining engineering is $97,000; a person with 10 years of experience in the field can earn up to $109,000.

A bachelor's degree in chemical engineering can garner a median annual salary of $96,000 and a salary of $118,000 after 10 years of experience in the field. Electrical engineers with a bachelor's degree earn a median annual salary of $93,000 and up to $108,000 with 10 years of experience.

A person with a computer science bachelor's degree earns a median annual salary of $87,000, with potential annual earnings of $105,000 after gaining 10 years of experience in the field. A physics bachelor's degree can earn a person a median salary of $81,000 and up to $105,000 with 10 years of experience.

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