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2021 Highest Paid Physical Sciences Graduates in Virginia

1,070 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,790 Avg Salary
$23,165 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Physical Sciences Graduates in VirginiaWith 1,070 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, physical sciences is the #18 most popular major in Virginia. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.3% of all the physical sciences bachelor's degrees in the country. 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.

This year's Highest Paid Physical Sciences Graduates in Virginia ranking analyzed 8 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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.

How Much Do Physical Sciences Majors Make After Graduation?

The average physical sciences major who graduates from a school in Virginia earns about $30,790 per year during the early years of their career. Unfortunately, that is 23% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

On a nationwide level, physical sciences majors with a bachelor's degree earn an average salary of $35,669. That's 14% more than salaries for students who graduate from schools in Virginia.

Average Salary for Physical Sciences Graduates from Schools in Virginia  30,790
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61,600
Average Salary for Physical Sciences Graduates from Schools Nationwide  35,669
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61,600
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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61,600

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2021 Highest Paid Physical Sciences Grads in Virginia

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

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Physical Sciences Graduates in Virginia

#1

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the small suburb of Williamsburg.

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Our rankings recognize Washington and Lee University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Lexington.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a very large student population.

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#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. GMU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax.

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University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid physical sciences school. UMW is a small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Fredericksburg.

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Our rankings recognize Virginia Military Institute as the #7 school in this year's rankings. VMI is a small public school located in the town of Lexington.

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University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Richmond. U of Richmond is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of University of Richmond.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Our rankings recognize Virginia Tech as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

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Longwood University

Farmville, VA

Longwood University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Longwood is a small public school located in the remote town of Farmville.

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Best Physical Sciences Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Physical Sciences Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 34 284
Florida 34 1,032
Georgia 33 902
North Carolina 32 1,179
Alabama 32 479
Tennessee 32 534
West Virginia 32 224
South Carolina 32 430
Louisiana 31 361
Kentucky 31 420
Arkansas 30 365

Physical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Chemistry 571
Physics 283
Geological & Earth Sciences 128
Other Physical Science 41
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 30

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Majors Similar to Physical Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 3,561
Engineering 3,378
Computer & Information Sciences 3,198
Mathematics & Statistics 902
Natural Resources & Conservation 539

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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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