The Five Highest Paid Degrees

Written by Jimmy Rustling

We live in an increasingly competitive world. In order to get ahead, there’s no better bet than a great education. By educating yourself properly, you will have the tools to succeed in the job market, stand out amongst the crowd, and land yourself a great job.

With the average cost of university rising each year and the most populous American cities requiring an income of at least $50,000 a year, we recommend getting the best bang for your buck by studying a degree that results in a high-paid job.

Today we’re going to look at some of the highest paid degrees around. Spanning from science to humanities to business, these are your best bets if you are looking to command a high-paid job.

Petroleum Engineering

  • Median Salary: $137,000

One of the best things about a petroleum engineering job is that you only really need a bachelor’s degree to qualify. With well over $100,000 a year at even the lowest level, petroleum engineers can live comfortably straight out of the gate. Responsibilities include finding oil and gas and designing ways to extract it safely. While there is a lot of on-site work, meaning you may be away from friends and family for a long time, there are a lot of rewards in studying for this type of degree — especially as a lot of them are sponsored by oil companies themselves.

Electrical engineering & computer science

  • Median Salary: $125,000

This degree is so well-paid precisely because it is so difficult. Combining two different degrees, it covers topics of algorithm analysis, digital and analog circuits, continuous and discrete mathematics, systems programming and computer engineering. If you are interested in pursuing this type of degree, you can study it at Excelsior University (as well as a suite of other degrees in Nursing, Liberal Arts and Technology). Learn more over at

Human Resources

  • Median Salary: $117,000

Human resources deals with the workforce of any organization. They make sure that everything in the company is running smoothly, helping it to realise its full potential. Dealing with a lot of spinning plates at the same time, it is a deceptively difficult job. That’s why Human Resource managers often command the big bucks.

Operations Research

  • Median Salary: $84,000

Operations research is a deeply technical role, applying the standards of science and the advanced analytical methods that comes with it to matters of business. As it bridges the gap between these two disciplines and provides a great boon to any company, this is a very-well paid job right from the beginning.


  • Median Salary: $127,000

While you can’t expect quite the same high level of returns in an entry level marketing job, which are often advertised as mere internships,  once you get to a higher level in a firm, such as marketing manager, your crucial role (basically acting as the front facing arm of a corporation’s brand strategy) means that you can one day take in a very well-paid wage.

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Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.