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2021 Highest Paid Animal Science Graduates in the Plains States Region

1,012 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,850 Avg Salary
$21,117 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Animal Science Graduates in the Plains States RegionAnimal Science is the #65 most popular major in the country with 6,605 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,012 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Animal Science Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

This year's Highest Paid Animal Science Graduates in the Plains States Region ranking analyzed 10 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in animal science.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after 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.

Comparing Average Salaries of Animal Science Majors

After graduating, animal science majors that go to school in the Plains States Region go on to jobs making an average of $33,850 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 15% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Looking at animal science schools across the country, we see that the nationwide average salary for graduates in this field is $28,954. This means that graduates from schools in the Plains States Region make 17% more than the national average.

Average Salary for Animal Science Graduates from Schools in the Plains States Region  33,850
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67,800
Average Salary for Animal Science Graduates from Schools Nationwide  28,954
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67,800
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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67,800

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2021 Highest Paid Animal Science Grads in the Plains States Region

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Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Animal Science Graduates in the Plains States Region

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, animal science majors make an average salary of $39,700.

After completing their bachelor's degree, animal science graduates from South Dakota State carry an average student debtload of $21,019. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $232.

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Iowa State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid animal science school. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in animal science from the school is $35,800.

After completing their bachelor's degree, animal science graduates from Iowa State carry an average student debtload of $22,509. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $253, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Northwest Missouri State University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Maryville, Northwest is a public college with a medium-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in animal science from the school is $35,600.

While working on their bachelor's, animal science majors at Northwest accumulate an average of around $19,828 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the midsize city of Fargo. Students who receive their bachelor's in animal science from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $35,300.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at North Dakota State University take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,134. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. Students who receive their bachelor's in animal science from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $35,000.

The average amount in student loans that animal science majors at UMN Twin Cities take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,441. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $192.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid animal science school. UNL is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lincoln. Animal Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $34,600.

While working on their bachelor's, animal science majors at UNL accumulate an average of around $18,878 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $200.

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Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Dordt College. Dordt is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Sioux Center.

On average, animal science graduates from Dordt take out $22,958 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Our rankings recognize Kansas State University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Manhattan, K - State is a public school 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 $32,800.

After completing their bachelor's degree, animal science graduates from K - State carry an average student debtload of $22,470. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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University of Missouri - Columbia earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school 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 $32,700.

Animal Science majors at Mizzou take out an average of $20,942 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 $223.

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University of Minnesota - Crookston comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. UMN Crookston is a small public school located in the distant town of Crookston. Animal Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $30,900.

Animal Science majors at UMN Crookston take out an average of $20,803 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $212, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Animal Science Colleges by State

Explore the best animal science schools for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Missouri 217 178
Minnesota 210 128
Iowa 193 239
Kansas 175 204
Nebraska 174 102
South Dakota 142 115
North Dakota 141 46

Animal Science is one of 13 different types of Agriculture & Agriculture Operations programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 1,068
Plant Sciences 559
General Agriculture 264
Food Science Technology 219
Agricultural Mechanization 210

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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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