These are the highest paying bachelor’s degrees at the University of Alabama –

If you’re planning on going to the University of Alabama and want to earn a decent paycheck a few years after you graduate, you might consider going into engineering.
Eight of the top 10 highest paying bachelor’s degrees five years out from graduation at UA involve some type of engineering, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
No. 1? Mechanical engineering.
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Data from the Census Bureau’s U.S. Census Bureau’s Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes program, an experimental dataset that looks at outcomes and earnings for people who graduated from selected colleges in the United States in recent years, shows University of Alabama graduates with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering saw median earnings of more than $88,000 per year after five years with the degree.
It was one of six bachelor’s degrees from UA where the average degree holder could expect to earn more than $80,000 per year after five years, and five of those six involved some kind of engineering.
Engineering degrees maintain their strong earning power later into careers, too – but they don’t stay on top. Mechanical engineering, which was No. 1 in median earnings after five years, falls to 3rd on the list 10 years out from a degree.
Chemistry takes over as the new number one at the 10-year mark. The median chemistry bachelor’s degree holder from UA earned nearly $115,000 per year by that time, the highest of any degree. That’s likely because people with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry went on to earn other degrees, many becoming doctors. At the 5-year mark, the median chemistry degree holder from UA earned just under $57,000 per year, or around half as much as the median number for 10 years out of college.
Want to learn more? Explore the Census Bureau’s Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes tool here.
The program currently only has Alabama data for the University of Alabama system, which includes the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
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