Northern Illinois University Rankings by Salary Score

Salary Scores
 60
Bachelor's
 55
Master's
 49
Doctoral
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Northern Illinois University's Top Rankings

Northern Illinois University is ranked on 3 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at Northern Illinois University

We calculated a salary score for each of Northern Illinois 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 Northern Illinois 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 NIU Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 84 98% 98% $18,750 $56,540 84
Anthropology 68 88% 88% Not Reported $28,960 68
Apparel and Textiles 88 100% 100% $27,000 $42,530 88
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 74 100% 100% Not Reported $37,750 74
Biology, General 86 94% 94% $24,560 $34,910 86
Business Administration, Management and Operations 79 100% 100% $20,000 $50,150 79
Chemistry 30 93% 93% $25,860 $34,530 30
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions 50 100% 100% $22,500 $56,510 50
Communication and Media Studies 67 97% 97% $25,000 $36,340 67
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 41 84% 84% $22,000 $24,420 41
Computer Science 36 96% 96% $21,590 $60,850 36
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 60 96% 96% $25,000 $35,270 60
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 38 96% 96% $26,250 $21,850 38
Economics 34 99% 99% $23,000 $44,170 34
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 38 99% 99% $25,000 $67,970 38
Engineering Technology, General 60 100% 100% $27,000 $57,020 60
English Language and Literature, General 81 98% 98% $21,500 $34,530 81
Finance and Financial Management Services 70 97% 97% $18,820 $55,860 70
Fine and Studio Arts 57 95% 95% $24,050 $27,180 57
Geography and Cartography 73 94% 94% Not Reported $40,470 73
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 68 100% 100% Not Reported $40,190 68
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 70 97% 97% $25,000 $32,750 70
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs 46 95% 95% $23,210 $30,230 46
History 60 95% 95% $21,750 $32,570 60
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 56 95% 95% $30,410 $30,480 56
Human Services, General 18 94% 94% $24,530 $28,240 18
Industrial Engineering 21 98% 98% $24,000 $61,520 21
Journalism 32 98% 98% $25,650 $30,050 32
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 74 97% 97% $22,160 $37,500 74
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 25 99% 99% $23,560 $45,940 25
Marketing 76 98% 98% $22,500 $47,260 76
Mathematics 43 100% 100% $21,500 $44,020 43
Mechanical Engineering 47 99% 99% $23,750 $65,180 47
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 86 96% 96% $26,140 $39,210 86
Music 61 100% 100% $20,190 $29,690 61
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 72 100% 100% $20,000 $37,110 72
Political Science and Government 45 97% 97% $25,000 $34,420 45
Psychology, General 52 97% 97% $21,500 $30,150 52
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 48 100% 100% $31,250 $65,130 48
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 31 94% 94% $26,000 $29,370 31
Sociology 78 98% 98% $25,000 $36,790 78
Special Education and Teaching 73 100% 100% $26,000 $41,230 73
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 64 99% 99% $24,250 $37,590 64
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 49 100% 100% $26,500 $36,670 49

Salary Scores for NIU Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 66 99% 99% $21,450 $63,710 66
Anthropology 23 92% 92% Not Reported $33,990 23
Business Administration, Management and Operations 85 99% 99% $32,050 $93,560 85
Communication and Media Studies 7 100% 100% Not Reported $31,130 7
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 34 100% 100% $46,000 $53,180 34
Computer Science 11 91% 91% Not Reported $72,800 11
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 56 100% 100% Not Reported $48,940 56
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 78 100% 100% Not Reported $41,190 78
Education, General 19 100% 100% Not Reported $42,680 19
Educational Administration and Supervision 33 100% 100% $30,600 $50,470 33
Educational/Instructional Media Design 66 98% 98% $27,510 $58,670 66
English Language and Literature, General 45 100% 100% Not Reported $38,290 45
Fine and Studio Arts 19 100% 100% Not Reported $23,650 19
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 24 93% 93% Not Reported $49,330 24
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 29 98% 98% $21,450 $38,650 29
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 43 94% 94% Not Reported $40,370 43
Industrial Engineering 7 92% 92% Not Reported $54,710 7
Management Information Systems and Services 30 93% 93% Not Reported $69,340 30
Mechanical Engineering 74 100% 100% Not Reported $89,840 74
Music 25 96% 96% Not Reported $24,040 25
Public Administration 58 98% 98% $26,660 $56,640 58
Public Health 20 95% 95% Not Reported $43,430 20
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 37 99% 99% $23,750 $92,740 37
Special Education and Teaching 56 100% 100% $32,780 $51,360 56
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 40 98% 98% $43,180 $43,090 40
Taxation 88 100% 100% Not Reported $97,070 88
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 62 99% 99% $19,290 $52,330 62

Salary Scores for NIU Doctoral Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 79 100% 100% Not Reported $77,400 79
Curriculum and Instruction 80 100% 100% Not Reported $81,810 80
Educational Administration and Supervision 97 100% 100% $20,500 $118,470 97
Law 29 96% 96% $74,610 $51,550 29
Psychology, General 24 100% 100% $55,930 $60,350 24
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 59 95% 95% $61,500 $71,850 59

Most Recent Reviews

Elizabeth Meyer 6/16/2019

Northern Illinois University was a means to getting my degree. It is located close to the Chicagoland area, so I was able to feel the college independence, while still getting support from my family. My parents both graduated from Northern Illinois University, as well. Their prior experience helped me navigate through N.I.U.'s system. It is a big university, so I had to get used to being a number, rather than a name. Like any bigger institution, I had to design my own smaller community of friends and colleagues.... Read More

To be a greater part of the N.I.U. experience, I also got involved with Alpha Phi Omega. This is a co-ed service fraternity. APO focused on volunteer work, fellowship and leadership, and it succeeded in getting me more involved and building these skills within me. For example. through my APO experience, I attended a Leadership Seminar at another university. I also served as the leader of the Philanthropy Committee and raised funds to support a local domestic violence center. These experiences helped to build a well-rounded resume and, eventually, helped land me my first professional position.

Lorrie Hill 7/16/2018

My classes at NIU were all geared to what I needed to complete my degree for special ed in the area of TMH/SP. Since then I have completed my masters at NIU and have endorsements to teach pre-k thru 21 special education in all areas and masters in elementary education.