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2021 Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

2,072 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,509 Avg Salary
$23,842 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates in the Great Lakes 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, 2,072 went to students in the Great Lakes region of 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 Conservation list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates in the Great Lakes Region ranking, we looked at 22 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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 graduation, natural resources conservation majors from schools in the Great Lakes Region earn an average salary of $27,509 per year. Unfortunately, that is 31% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

The national average salary for graduates with a bachelor's degree in conservation is $30,240. That's about 9% more that the average salary of graduates from schools in the Great Lakes Region .

Average Salary for Conservation Graduates from Schools in the Great Lakes Region  27,509
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55,000
Average Salary for Conservation Graduates from Schools Nationwide  30,240
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55,000
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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55,000

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2021 Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Grads in the Great Lakes Region

The following colleges produce the highest paid conservation graduates.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Conservation Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

#1

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Oakland is a large public school located in the suburb of Rochester Hills. Students who receive their bachelor's in conservation from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $40,200.

On average, conservation graduates from Oakland take out $24,345 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 $241.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. Located in the midsize city of Green Bay, UW - Green Bay is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $34,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from UW - Green Bay carry an average student debtload of $19,275. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $33,100.

Conservation majors at Ohio State take out an average of $22,805 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 $240.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - River Falls as the #4 school in this year's rankings. UW - River Falls is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of River Falls. Students who receive their bachelor's in conservation from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $33,000.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at UW - River Falls accumulate an average of around $21,721 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $245.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public 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 $32,300.

On average, conservation graduates from Michigan State take out $23,090 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $236, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Ball State University

Muncie, IN

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ball State University. Ball State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Muncie. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $31,800.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Ball State take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,031. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $245.

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Northern Illinois University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources conservation school. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $31,300.

Conservation majors at NIU take out an average of $19,737 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $208, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Grand Valley State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. GVSU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale. Students who receive their bachelor's in conservation from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $29,700.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at GVSU accumulate an average of around $23,845 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 $262.

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Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

Cleveland State University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources conservation school. Located in the large city of Cleveland, Cleveland State University is a public college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $29,300.

On average, conservation graduates from Cleveland State University take out $25,715 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 $243.

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public college with a large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in conservation from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $28,900.

On average, conservation graduates from UW - Whitewater take out $25,541 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $279, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges by State

Explore the best natural resources conservation colleges for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 255 526
Ohio 246 500
Illinois 231 409
Indiana 227 231
Wisconsin 209 406

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 247
Forestry 202
Wildlife Management 187
Fisheries Sciences 151
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 20

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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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