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Education and health degrees can lead to very meaningful work. However, to get to where the money is, consider studying a STEM subject.

Science, technology, engineering, and math dominate PayScale's 2020-2021 salary reporting database.

PayScale, a website with pay data, said it used salary information from 3.5 million respondents for this ranking.

Based on mid-career earnings, the following are the 25 highest paid bachelor careers, starting at No. 25 and moving to the top.

25. Electrical engineering and information technology (ECE)

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 73,900
  • Middle of career: $ 123,300

24. Corporate accounting and finance

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

23. Computer science (CS) and engineering

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 74,000
  • Middle of career: $ 124,000

22. Nuclear technology

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 73,100
  • Middle of career: $ 124,500

21. Computer systems engineering

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 74,600
  • Middle of career: $ 124,800

20. Marine engineering

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 74,700
  • Middle of career: $ 125,000

18. Management of operating and information systems (tie)

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 63,800
  • Middle of career: $ 125,100

18. Political Economy (tie)

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 58,200
  • Middle of career: $ 125,100

17. Aeronautical engineering

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 71,600
  • Middle of career: $ 125,900

16. Information and computer science

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 70,300
  • Middle of career: $ 127,600

15. Actuarial Science

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 64,700
  • Middle of career: $ 128,700

14. Chemical engineering

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

13. Aerospace Studies

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 50,300
  • Middle of career: $ 130,300

12. Actuarial Science

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 61,900
  • Middle of career: $ 130,500

11. Electrical engineering

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 73,100
  • Middle of career: $ 130,700

10. System technology

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 74,000
  • Middle of career: $ 132,900

9. Aerospace

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 74,000
  • Middle of career: $ 133,100

8. Pharmacy

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 66,300
  • Middle of career: $ 133,200

7. Quantitative business analysis

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 67,900
  • Middle of career: $ 136,200

6. Chemical engineering / materials science and materials technology

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 74,500
  • Middle of career: $ 137,800

5. Public accounting

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 60,000
  • Middle of career: $ 138,800

3. Applied economics and management (tie)

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

3. Operations Research (tie)

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 78,400
  • Middle of career: $ 139,600

2. Electrical engineering and computer science (EECS)

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 101,200
  • Middle of career: $ 152,300

1. Petroleum engineering

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Median salary for people with a bachelor's degree in this subject:

  • Early career: $ 92,300
  • Middle of career: $ 182,000

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