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2021 Highest Paid Physical Sciences Graduates

32,633 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,669 Avg Salary
$22,666 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Physical Sciences School for You

Highest Paid Physical Sciences GraduatesOut of the 38 majors we analyze each year, physical sciences was ranked #17. In fact, 32,633 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 Physical Sciences Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

For this year's Highest Paid Physical Sciences Graduates ranking, we looked at 161 colleges that offer a bachelor's in physical sciences.

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.

Salaries of Physical Sciences Majors After Graduation

After graduating, physical sciences majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $35,669 per year. Unfortunately, that is 10% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

Average Salary for Physical Sciences Graduates from Schools Nationwide  35,669
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Physical Sciences Grads in the United States

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

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Physical Sciences Graduates

Our rankings recognize Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the #1 school in this year's rankings. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid physical sciences school. RPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Troy.

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United States Naval Academy earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Annapolis, Annapolis is a public college with a small student population.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Princeton.

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#4

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tucson.

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Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Worcester.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Yale University. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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California State University - Sacramento landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid physical sciences school. Located in the large city of Sacramento, California State University - Sacramento is a public school with a very large student population.

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#6

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Our rankings recognize Kenyon College as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Kenyon is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Gambier.

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St Lawrence University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Canton, St. Lawrence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northeastern University. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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#8

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid physical sciences school. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a very large student population.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pennsylvania State University - Dubois. Penn State DuBois is a small public school located in the town of DuBois.

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Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid physical sciences school. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park.

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Kean University

Union, NJ

Kean University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid physical sciences school. Located in the large suburb of Union, Kean is a public college with a large student population.

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Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Harvey Mudd College. Harvey Mudd College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Claremont.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Stanford University. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Our rankings recognize Columbia University in the City of New York as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Houston - Downtown. Located in the city of Houston, University of Houston - Downtown is a public school with a large student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Physical Sciences Graduates

#29

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
#30

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#31

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#34

Duke University

Durham, NC
#36

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#37

Boston University

Boston, MA
#38

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
#40

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#41

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ
#46

American University

Washington, DC
#47

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#49

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#50

Bates College

Lewiston, ME

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Physical Sciences Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 161 different United States physical sciences schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
61 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
62 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
63 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
64 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
66 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
67 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
68 Denison University Granville, OH
69 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
71 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
72 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
75 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
76 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
77 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
81 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
82 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
83 Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX
84 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
85 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
87 Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, IN
88 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
89 Connecticut College New London, CT
92 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
94 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
96 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
97 Lafayette College Easton, PA
100 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
101 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
102 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
103 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
104 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
105 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
106 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
107 Rice University Houston, TX
108 Carleton College Northfield, MN
109 Whittier College Whittier, CA
111 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
112 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
113 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
114 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
115 Pace University - New York New York, NY
116 Wartburg College Waverly, IA
117 Providence College Providence, RI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
26 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
27 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
28 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
29 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
30 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
31 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
32 Saginaw Valley State University University Center, MI
118 Colby College Waterville, ME
119 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
120 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
121 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
122 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
123 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
124 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
126 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
127 DePaul University Chicago, IL
129 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
130 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
131 University of Denver Denver, CO
132 Drake University Des Moines, IA
134 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
135 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
136 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
138 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
139 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
140 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
141 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
142 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
143 Trinity College Hartford, CT
144 Barnard College New York, NY
145 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
147 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
148 Seattle University Seattle, WA
149 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
150 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
151 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
152 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
153 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
154 Stonehill College Easton, MA
155 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
156 Presbyterian College Clinton, SC
25 George Washington University Washington, DC

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Physical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 15,395
Physics 8,457
Geological & Earth Sciences 6,574
Astronomy & Astrophysics 740
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 652

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 128,724
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 126,493
Computer & Information Sciences 92,596
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 21,156

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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 NASA.

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