Northern Illinois University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Northern Illinois University ranks better than 60% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Northern Illinois University ranks better than only 47% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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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 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 NIU Bachelor's Degrees

NIU ranks higher than 60% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 84% $18,750 $56,544 84%
Anthropology 68% Not Reported $28,960 68%
Apparel and Textiles 88% $27,000 $42,532 88%
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 74% Not Reported $37,748 74%
Biology, General 86% $24,562 $34,908 86%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 79% $20,000 $50,149 79%
Chemistry 30% $25,855 $34,526 30%
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions 50% $22,500 $56,505 50%
Communication and Media Studies 67% $25,000 $36,344 67%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 41% $22,000 $24,421 41%
Computer Science 36% $21,589 $60,848 36%
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 60% $25,000 $35,274 60%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 38% $26,250 $21,850 38%
Economics 34% $23,000 $44,170 34%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 38% $25,000 $67,965 38%
Engineering Technology, General 60% $27,000 $57,017 60%
English Language and Literature, General 81% $21,500 $34,526 81%
Finance and Financial Management Services 70% $18,817 $55,859 70%
Fine and Studio Arts 57% $24,048 $27,181 57%
Geography and Cartography 73% Not Reported $40,467 73%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 68% Not Reported $40,188 68%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 70% $25,000 $32,747 70%
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs 46% $23,210 $30,228 46%
History 60% $21,750 $32,569 60%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 56% $30,409 $30,481 56%
Human Services, General 18% $24,531 $28,236 18%
Industrial Engineering 21% $24,000 $61,516 21%
Journalism 32% $25,647 $30,047 32%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 74% $22,160 $37,503 74%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 25% $23,563 $45,940 25%
Marketing 76% $22,500 $47,260 76%
Mathematics 43% $21,500 $44,021 43%
Mechanical Engineering 47% $23,750 $65,180 47%
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 86% $26,139 $39,214 86%
Music 61% $20,190 $29,685 61%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 72% $20,000 $37,110 72%
Political Science and Government 45% $25,000 $34,420 45%
Psychology, General 52% $21,500 $30,150 52%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 48% $31,250 $65,131 48%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 31% $26,000 $29,374 31%
Sociology 78% $25,000 $36,793 78%
Special Education and Teaching 73% $26,000 $41,230 73%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 64% $24,250 $37,594 64%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 49% $26,500 $36,668 49%

Salary Scores for NIU Master's Degrees

NIU ranks higher than 55% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 66% $21,450 $63,711 66%
Anthropology 23% Not Reported $33,993 23%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 85% $32,046 $93,555 85%
Communication and Media Studies 7% Not Reported $31,133 7%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 34% $46,000 $53,179 34%
Computer Science 11% Not Reported $72,796 11%
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 56% Not Reported $48,935 56%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 78% Not Reported $41,193 78%
Education, General 19% Not Reported $42,682 19%
Educational Administration and Supervision 33% $30,598 $50,465 33%
Educational/Instructional Media Design 66% $27,510 $58,673 66%
English Language and Literature, General 45% Not Reported $38,289 45%
Fine and Studio Arts 19% Not Reported $23,649 19%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 24% Not Reported $49,331 24%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 29% $21,450 $38,649 29%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 43% Not Reported $40,368 43%
Industrial Engineering 7% Not Reported $54,713 7%
Management Information Systems and Services 30% Not Reported $69,338 30%
Mechanical Engineering 74% Not Reported $89,841 74%
Music 25% Not Reported $24,035 25%
Public Administration 58% $26,656 $56,641 58%
Public Health 20% Not Reported $43,426 20%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 37% $23,750 $92,743 37%
Special Education and Teaching 56% $32,775 $51,356 56%
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 40% $43,180 $43,087 40%
Taxation 88% Not Reported $97,071 88%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 62% $19,294 $52,334 62%

Salary Scores for NIU Doctoral Degrees

NIU ranks higher than 49% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 79% Not Reported $77,401 79%
Curriculum and Instruction 80% Not Reported $81,812 80%
Educational Administration and Supervision 97% $20,500 $118,465 97%
Law 29% $74,611 $51,551 29%
Psychology, General 24% $55,931 $60,354 24%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 59% $61,500 $71,854 59%

Northern Illinois University Reviews

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.