Iowa State University Rankings by Salary Score

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Iowa State University's Top Rankings

Iowa State University is ranked on 5 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at Iowa State University

We calculated a salary score for each of Iowa 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 Iowa State University to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is based on the school's by-program performance weighted by student enrollment in each program. Data is sourced from the December 2020 release of the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid. Debt and salary numbers are shown rounded to the nearest $10.

Salary Scores for ISU Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 74 98% 98% $25,000 $53,810 74
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 57 97% 97% $25,710 $66,780 57
Agricultural Business and Management 77 99% 99% $16,500 $48,960 77
Agricultural Engineering 78 98% 98% $23,610 $61,520 78
Agricultural Mechanization 76 99% 99% $22,250 $55,290 76
Animal Sciences 92 98% 98% $23,000 $36,950 92
Anthropology 88 95% 95% $25,500 $32,650 88
Apparel and Textiles 78 98% 98% $23,250 $40,550 78
Architecture 63 100% 100% $30,510 $48,970 63
Area Studies 39 80% 80% $22,500 $31,670 39
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 21 100% 100% $26,000 $32,930 21
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 34 100% 100% $23,250 $30,770 34
Biology, General 57 93% 93% $23,250 $29,940 57
Business Administration, Management and Operations 86 99% 99% $22,250 $52,630 86
Chemical Engineering 69 97% 97% $23,000 $70,950 69
Chemistry 35 94% 94% $25,000 $35,420 35
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 42 100% 100% $25,630 $40,820 42
Civil Engineering 59 99% 99% $25,750 $62,470 59
Communication and Media Studies 81 98% 98% $22,850 $39,150 81
Computer Engineering 60 97% 97% $25,750 $74,810 60
Computer Science 62 98% 98% $24,330 $73,400 62
Construction Engineering 57 99% 99% $27,000 $71,350 57
Design and Applied Arts 71 97% 97% $25,510 $39,570 71
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 71 97% 97% $21,000 $37,570 71
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 60 99% 99% $25,000 $29,250 60
Economics 72 100% 100% $18,500 $55,510 72
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 73 99% 99% $26,000 $75,740 73
Engineering-Related Fields 43 99% 99% $24,250 $59,830 43
English Language and Literature, General 66 95% 95% $25,860 $31,910 66
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Studies 80 100% 100% $21,500 $43,800 80
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 96 100% 100% $21,500 $38,290 96
Finance and Financial Management Services 53 99% 99% $23,000 $51,360 53
Food Science and Technology 61 97% 97% $22,500 $48,040 61
Forestry 31 100% 100% $22,250 $35,770 31
Genetics 57 97% 97% $25,720 $34,350 57
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 23 100% 100% $23,250 $32,380 23
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 86 97% 97% $24,250 $35,360 86
History 66 99% 99% $22,500 $33,570 66
Hospitality Administration/Management 62 99% 99% $23,410 $39,400 62
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 69 98% 98% $21,800 $32,020 69
Industrial Engineering 53 100% 100% $22,500 $68,310 53
International Agriculture 33 97% 97% $22,250 $23,110 33
International Business 65 100% 100% Not Reported $50,000 65
Journalism 79 100% 100% $24,610 $37,140 79
Landscape Architecture 58 100% 100% $30,750 $47,760 58
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 70 91% 91% $23,140 $36,630 70
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 33 86% 86% $25,000 $26,740 33
Management Information Systems and Services 62 99% 99% $24,250 $58,080 62
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 38 97% 97% Not Reported $50,440 38
Marketing 68 99% 99% $22,360 $45,500 68
Materials Engineering 61 98% 98% $23,900 $67,100 61
Mathematics 52 93% 93% $21,500 $46,670 52
Mechanical Engineering 51 99% 99% $23,500 $65,810 51
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology 61 96% 96% $21,500 $36,220 61
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 59 98% 98% $23,150 $38,570 59
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 80 99% 99% $17,970 $39,010 80
Nutrition Sciences 20 100% 100% $23,500 $26,350 20
Plant Sciences 93 97% 97% $18,250 $48,820 93
Political Science and Government 76 96% 96% $22,750 $40,300 76
Psychology, General 70 97% 97% $23,680 $32,390 70
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 54 98% 98% $22,250 $38,440 54
Religion/Religious Studies 53 100% 100% Not Reported $27,480 53
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 77 100% 100% Not Reported $35,060 77
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 78 98% 98% $27,000 $38,290 78
Sociology 79 97% 97% $20,000 $37,030 79
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 76 97% 97% $23,000 $39,340 76
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 73 99% 99% $22,500 $40,180 73
Visual and Performing Arts, General 44 100% 100% $24,250 $25,190 44

Salary Scores for ISU Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 45 100% 100% Not Reported $60,360 45
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 5 93% 93% Not Reported $71,580 5
Agricultural Engineering 76 100% 100% Not Reported $71,020 76
Agricultural Public Services 93 100% 100% Not Reported $55,510 93
Animal Sciences 66 94% 94% Not Reported $63,010 66
Architecture 21 100% 100% Not Reported $50,020 21
Biology, General 31 90% 90% $20,500 $31,850 31
Business Administration, Management and Operations 65 99% 99% $29,960 $79,470 65
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 28 100% 100% Not Reported $51,270 28
Civil Engineering 40 91% 91% Not Reported $70,460 40
Design and Applied Arts 19 85% 85% Not Reported $35,420 19
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 46 92% 92% Not Reported $56,420 46
Education, General 37 98% 98% $20,790 $47,430 37
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 34 98% 98% $12,500 $87,420 34
English Language and Literature, General 58 97% 97% Not Reported $41,190 58
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 98 100% 100% Not Reported $58,670 98
Industrial Engineering 78 100% 100% Not Reported $94,410 78
Mathematics 51 100% 100% Not Reported $56,780 51
Mechanical Engineering 41 100% 100% $25,740 $81,700 41
Plant Sciences 94 97% 97% $19,770 $65,240 94
Political Science and Government 55 100% 100% Not Reported $49,640 55
Specialized Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Operations 30 95% 95% Not Reported $77,970 30
Statistics 43 100% 100% Not Reported $84,650 43
Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences 51 100% 100% Not Reported $81,500 51

Salary Scores for ISU Doctoral Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Veterinary Medicine 48 97% 97% $134,110 $80,010 48

Most Recent Reviews

Patrick 12/16/2019

I cannot recommend Iowa State enough. As an out of state student I was embraced and welcomed within the student community and also by faculty and staff. My classes were challenging but necessary in my pursuit of an advanced degree. I am now a proud alumni and have taken advantage of the extensive alumni network of cyclone grads.

Patrick 12/16/2019

I cannot recommend Iowa State enough. As an out of state student I was embraced and welcomed within the student community and also by faculty and staff. My classes were challenging but necessary in my pursuit of an advanced degree. I am now a proud alumni and have taken advantage of the extensive alumni network of cyclone grads.