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2021 Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates

16,348 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,240 Avg Salary
$23,094 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Natural Resources Conservation School for You

Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, natural resources conservation was ranked #33. In fact, 16,348 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Conservation Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

This year's Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates ranking analyzed 167 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in conservation.

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 Natural Resources Conservation Majors

After graduating, natural resources conservation majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $30,240 per year. That's not so great, since it is 24% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

Average Salary for Conservation Graduates from Schools Nationwide  30,240
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Grads in the United States

Learn more about the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid conservation graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Conservation Graduates

#1

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources conservation school. Located in the town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $58,900.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at Columbia Southern University accumulate an average of around $25,866 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $247.

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University of Maryland - University College earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Adelphi, University of Maryland - University College is a public school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $52,800.

Conservation majors at University of Maryland - University College take out an average of $21,353 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 $223.

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#3

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA

Massachusetts Maritime Academy earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Maritime is a small public school located in the midsize suburb of Buzzards Bay. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $47,600.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at Maritime accumulate an average of around $21,964 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $262, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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San Jose State University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in conservation from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $47,100.

Conservation majors at San Jose State take out an average of $18,146 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 $183.

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#5

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Drexel University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. Conservation majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $44,700.

On average, conservation graduates from Drexel take out $27,186 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $305, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $44,100.

Conservation majors at UC Berkeley take out an average of $13,797 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $135, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to American Public University System. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $41,100.

Conservation majors at American Military University take out an average of $26,443 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $271, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $40,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from UNOMAHA carry an average student debtload of $22,478. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $234, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oakland University. Located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public school with a large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $40,200.

Conservation majors at Oakland take out an average of $24,345 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $241, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

Colorado Mesa University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Grand Junction, Colorado Mesa is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $40,200.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Colorado Mesa take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,517. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $253, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Our rankings recognize Colgate University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $38,400.

Conservation majors at Colgate take out an average of $15,836 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 $176.

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University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $38,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from UCLA carry an average student debtload of $15,872. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Our rankings recognize Virginia Tech as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. Conservation majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $36,600.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at Virginia Tech accumulate an average of around $20,563 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick. Conservation majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $36,600.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Rutgers New Brunswick take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,006. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Ship is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Shippensburg. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $36,400.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Ship take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,176. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $270, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of College Station. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $36,200.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Texas A&M take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $174, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Southern New Hampshire University earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $36,100.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at SNHU take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,291. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $161.

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Our rankings recognize Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public school with a fairly large student population. Conservation majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $36,000.

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#19

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rowan University. Rowan is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Glassboro. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $35,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from Rowan carry an average student debtload of $19,210. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $182, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Phoenix - Arizona. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Tempe. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $35,900.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at UOPX - Arizona take out while working on their bachelor's is $40,003. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $431, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Phoenix - California comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Costa Mesa, UOPX - California is a private for-profit college with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $35,900.

On average, conservation graduates from UOPX - California take out $40,003 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $431, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Metropolitan State University of Denver comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Denver, MSU Denver is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $35,600.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at MSU Denver accumulate an average of around $32,424 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $312.

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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. SDSU is a fairly large public school located in the large city of San Diego. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $35,600.

Conservation majors at SDSU take out an average of $16,532 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $162, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Washington College

Chestertown, MD

Washington College landed the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources conservation school. Washington College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Chestertown. Conservation majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $35,400.

Conservation majors at Washington College take out an average of $21,349 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 $252.

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Our rankings recognize University of Massachusetts - Boston as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Boston, UMass Boston is a public college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $35,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from UMass Boston carry an average student debtload of $22,128. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $216, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
26 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
27 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
28 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
29 Iowa State University Ames, IA
30 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
31 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
32 Northeastern University Boston, MA
33 George Washington University Washington, DC

Natural Resources Conservation by Region

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

Natural Resources Conservation is one of 5 different types of Natural Resources & Conservation programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Wildlife Management 1,761
Natural Resource Management 1,307
Forestry 1,156
Fisheries Sciences 405
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 100

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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 Lynn Betts.

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