Appalachian State University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Appalachian State University ranks better than only 27% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Appalachian State University ranks better than 73% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at Appalachian State University

We calculated a salary score for each of Appalachian State University's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at Appalachian State University to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for Appalachian Bachelor's Degrees

Appalachian ranks higher than 27% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 29% $20,000 $44,077 29%
Anthropology 1% $17,905 $14,627 1%
Apparel and Textiles 8% $22,700 $29,141 8%
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 15% $21,436 $22,652 15%
Biology, General 30% $20,282 $26,187 30%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 43% $19,954 $41,368 43%
Chemistry 26% $24,049 $33,726 26%
Communication and Media Studies 56% $17,907 $34,526 56%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 12% $19,500 $18,315 12%
Computer Science 48% $20,825 $66,772 48%
Construction Management 13% $22,000 $56,114 13%
Criminal Justice and Corrections 27% $19,431 $31,514 27%
Design and Applied Arts 57% $21,900 $36,560 57%
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 28% $23,250 $28,753 28%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 3% $25,390 $14,627 3%
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 29% $26,000 $25,194 29%
Economics 21% $20,500 $39,909 21%
Energy Systems Technologies/Technicians 11% $21,889 $34,603 11%
English Language and Literature, General 9% $21,421 $21,599 9%
Finance and Financial Management Services 36% $19,000 $47,025 36%
Fine and Studio Arts 2% $22,187 $15,721 2%
Food Science and Technology 12% $24,000 $35,060 12%
Geography and Cartography 61% $21,939 $38,289 61%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 57% $26,429 $38,289 57%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 27% $22,500 $35,327 27%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 22% $20,312 $26,469 22%
History 24% $19,941 $26,187 24%
Hospitality Administration/Management 30% $19,400 $34,298 30%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 28% $20,375 $27,150 28%
Insurance 41% $20,500 $52,107 41%
International Business 36% $24,375 $43,054 36%
International/Global Studies 12% $18,812 $21,052 12%
Journalism 27% $24,975 $29,250 27%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 5% Not Reported $21,052 5%
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 14% $19,500 $22,824 14%
Management Information Systems and Services 38% $20,985 $51,273 38%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 78% $21,250 $63,005 78%
Marketing 31% $20,463 $39,009 31%
Mathematics 29% $18,000 $39,909 29%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 5% $18,750 $21,508 5%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 4% $20,330 $24,785 4%
Physics 28% $24,401 $37,208 28%
Political Science and Government 16% $20,296 $28,327 16%
Psychology, General 13% $20,500 $24,562 13%
Public Health 11% $19,708 $27,091 11%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 24% $20,772 $34,118 24%
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 36% $20,500 $28,849 36%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 24% $10,994 $57,920 24%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 26% Not Reported $28,212 26%
Social Work 39% $18,000 $30,952 39%
Sociology 20% $18,674 $27,947 20%
Special Education and Teaching 44% $20,181 $37,568 44%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 54% $20,500 $36,410 54%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 51% $22,339 $36,938 51%

Salary Scores for Appalachian Master's Degrees

Appalachian ranks higher than 27% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 25% $18,937 $57,064 25%
Biology, General 34% Not Reported $33,993 34%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 22% $20,602 $54,109 22%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 99% Not Reported $69,338 99%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 28% $39,391 $52,107 28%
Curriculum and Instruction 40% Not Reported $47,553 40%
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 43% $37,009 $46,869 43%
Educational Administration and Supervision 17% $18,086 $43,638 17%
Educational/Instructional Media Design 13% $12,700 $43,426 13%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 37% Not Reported $40,248 37%
History 17% Not Reported $30,228 17%
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians 12% Not Reported $48,432 12%
Library Science and Administration 45% Not Reported $43,000 45%
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 7% Not Reported $31,537 7%
Physics 25% Not Reported $63,005 25%
Psychology, General 29% Not Reported $39,369 29%
Public Administration 33% $27,932 $49,344 33%
Social Work 20% $19,429 $41,069 20%
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 22% $29,370 $39,369 22%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 11% Not Reported $39,009 11%

Salary Scores for Appalachian Doctoral Degrees

Appalachian ranks higher than 6% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 2% Not Reported $46,087 2%
Educational Administration and Supervision 12% $23,062 $61,020 12%

Appalachian State University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Kaitlyn Sitterson 1/9/2020

I absolutely loved being a student at Appalachian State University. I came in as a transfer student planning to major in Secondary Social Studies Education. With App State being founded as a teacher's college well back in the day, education is most definitely one of their top majors and they certainly produce some phenomenal teachers. However, being a History, Social Studies Education major (which is the official degree title, or at least was in 2017) really just made me feel like I was a History major that... Read More

Anne S 9/24/2019

Appalachian State University is a great university that I would recommend to anyone. The quality of instruction in my Elementary Education program was incredible. Faculty and staff truly cared for me as a student, were well prepared for class, helped us find internships and student teaching placements, and set the example by creating engaging lesson plans. The student to faculty ratio is low, and I met so many great people. The cost to attend was well priced compared to other schools I considered which decreased... Read More