U.S. - average salary for graduates, by discipline 2019

In 2019, it was found that people in the United States with a Master’s degree in Engineering had the highest average starting salary, at 82,589 U.S. dollars. People who held a Master’s degree in Computer Science had the second highest starting salary, at 81,466 U.S. dollars.

An abundance of Masters

As higher education in the United States has become more common, and even expected, the number of Master’s degrees awarded has increased. During the 1949-50 academic year, about 58,180 Master’s degrees were awarded to students, with the vast majority being earned by male students. In the 2016-17 academic year, this figure increased to about 804,680 Master’s degrees awarded, with the majority being earned by female students.

The right career

While engineering might have the highest starting pay for Master’s degree holders, those with a Master’s in Finance had the highest mid-career median pay in 2018. Engineering continues to be one of the most popular fields for those seeking their Master’s degree, and STEM fields continue to dominate the field in number of Master’s degrees awarded.

Projected starting salaries for master’s degree graduates in the U.S. in 2019, by discipline

DisciplineAverage salary in U.S. dollars
Computer Science81,466
Math & Sciences75,737
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Release date

January 2019


United States

Survey time period

August 1 to December 3, 2018

Number of respondents

186 respondents

Special properties

Master's degree holder

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