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2021 Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates in the Far Western US Region

3,983 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,432 Avg Salary
$20,536 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates in the Far Western US RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, natural resources conservation was ranked #33 in the country. In fact 16,348 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 3,983 went to students in the Far Western US region of the United States. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Conservation Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

This year's Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates in the Far Western US Region ranking analyzed 35 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in conservation.

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 Natural Resources Conservation Majors

After graduating, natural resources conservation majors that go to school in the Far Western US Region go on to jobs making an average of $30,432 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.

This salary is in the same ballpark as the national average of $30,240 for those students who obtain a bachelor's degree in conservation.

Average Salary for Conservation Graduates from Schools in the Far Western US Region  30,432
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60,800
Average Salary for Conservation Graduates from Schools Nationwide  30,240
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60,800
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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60,800

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2021 Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Grads in the Far Western US Region

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

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Conservation Graduates in the Far Western US Region

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Jose State University. San Jose State is a very large public school located in the large city of San Jose. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $47,100.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at San Jose State accumulate an average of around $18,146 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $183.

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University of California - Berkeley landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources conservation school. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the city of Berkeley. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $44,100.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at UC Berkeley accumulate an average of around $13,797 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $135, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Los Angeles earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $38,300.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at UCLA take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,872. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $156, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Phoenix - California earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. UOPX - California is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Costa Mesa. Students who receive their bachelor's in conservation from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $35,900.

Conservation majors at UOPX - California take out an average of $40,003 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $431, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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San Diego State University

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Diego State University. Located in the city of San Diego, SDSU is a public college with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $35,600.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at SDSU accumulate an average of around $16,532 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $162.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Davis. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Davis. Conservation majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $35,300.

Conservation majors at UC Davis take out an average of $15,239 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 $153.

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University of Southern California earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $34,600.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from USC carry an average student debtload of $17,303. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $192.

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University of California - Santa Barbara landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources conservation school. UCSB is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $34,400.

Conservation majors at UCSB take out an average of $17,108 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 $161.

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California State University - Sacramento landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources conservation school. Located in the large city of Sacramento, Sac State 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 $32,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from Sac State carry an average student debtload of $19,934. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $203.

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California State University - Long Beach landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources conservation school. CSULB is a very large public school located in the city of Long Beach. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $32,200.

On average, conservation graduates from CSULB take out $18,566 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $169, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges by State

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 254 2,768
Washington 229 694
Oregon 178 393
Nevada 117 55
Hawaii 115 48
Alaska 79 25

One of 5 majors within the Natural Resources & Conservation area of study, Natural Resources Conservation has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resource Management 271
Wildlife Management 222
Fisheries Sciences 130
Forestry 123

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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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