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2021 Highest Paid Operations Research Graduates

462 Bachelor's Degrees
$68,450 Avg Salary
$14,083 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Operations Research School for You

Highest Paid Operations Research GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 462 people earned their bachelor's in operations research, making the major the #208 most popular in the United States. The operations research school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid Operations Research Graduates.

This year's Highest Paid Operations Research Graduates ranking looked at 3 colleges that offer a bachelor's in operations research.

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.

Comparing Average Salaries of Operations Research Majors

After graduation, operations research majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $68,450 per year. This is 72% higher than the average college graduate, who only makes around $39,802 a year.

Average Salary for Operations Research Graduates from Schools Nationwide  68,450
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802

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2021 Highest Paid Operations Research Grads in the United States

The highest paid operations research majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Best Schools for Highly Paid Operations Research Graduates


Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Cornell University. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. Operations Research majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $79,900.

On average, operations research graduates from Cornell take out $12,505 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $140, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid operations research school. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in operations research from the school is $79,000.

While working on their bachelor's, operations research majors at Columbia accumulate an average of around $12,842 in student debt.

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Our rankings recognize Southern Methodist University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, operations research majors make an average salary of $70,100.

Operations Research majors at SMU take out an average of $16,222 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 $156.

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One of 38 majors within the Engineering area of study, Operations Research has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Operations Research

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 37,343
Electrical Engineering 17,946
Civil Engineering 14,832
Chemical Engineering 11,423
Computer Engineering 10,704

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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).

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