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2021 Highest Paid Animal Science Graduates

6,605 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,954 Avg Salary
$20,924 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Animal Science School for You

Highest Paid Animal Science GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 6,605 people earned their bachelor's in animal science, making the major the #65 most popular in the United States. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Animal Science list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Animal Science Graduates ranking analyzed 68 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in animal science.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Salaries of Animal Science Majors After Graduation

After graduation, animal science majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $28,954 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 27% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Animal Science Graduates from Schools Nationwide  28,954
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Animal Science Grads in the United States

The highest paid animal science majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 11 Best Schools for Highly Paid Animal Science Graduates

Our rankings recognize South Dakota State University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Brookings. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in animal science from the school is $39,700.

Animal Science majors at South Dakota State take out an average of $21,019 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $232, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Madison. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the large city of Madison. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in animal science from the school is $36,500.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at Wisconsin take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,254. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $218.

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Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid animal science school. Located in the city of Auburn, Auburn is a public college with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in animal science from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $36,400.

Animal Science majors at Auburn take out an average of $21,735 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

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Iowa State University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the small city of Ames. Animal Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $35,800.

Animal Science majors at Iowa State take out an average of $22,509 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $253.

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Northwest Missouri State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid animal science school. Northwest is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Maryville. Animal Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $35,600.

On average, animal science graduates from Northwest take out $19,828 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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University of Delaware landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid animal science school. U of Delaware is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Newark.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at U of Delaware take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,074. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Dakota State University - Main Campus. Located in the city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, animal science majors make an average salary of $35,300.

While working on their bachelor's, animal science majors at North Dakota State University accumulate an average of around $19,134 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Michigan State University. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in animal science from the school is $35,200.

On average, animal science graduates from Michigan State take out $23,302 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $252.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, animal science majors make an average salary of $35,000.

While working on their bachelor's, animal science majors at UMN Twin Cities accumulate an average of around $18,441 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $192, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid animal science school. Located in the large city of Lincoln, UNL is a public school with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in animal science from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $34,600.

On average, animal science graduates from UNL take out $18,878 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $200.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - River Falls as the #10 school in this year's rankings. UW - River Falls is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of River Falls. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in animal science from the school is $34,000.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at UW - River Falls take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,360. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Animal Science students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Animal Science Graduates award.

Rank College Location
11 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
12 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
12 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
13 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
14 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
15 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
16 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
17 Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX
17 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO

Animal Science by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 13 majors within the Agriculture & Agriculture Operations area of study, Animal Science has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 5,324
General Agriculture 2,377
Plant Sciences 2,008
Food Science Technology 1,363
Agricultural Production 947

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Billy Hathorn.

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