Northwestern University Rankings by Salary Score

Salary Scores
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Bachelor's
 95
Master's
 94
Doctoral
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Northwestern University is ranked on 19 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at Northwestern University

We calculated a salary score for each of Northwestern 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 Northwestern 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 Northwestern Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Anthropology 79 100% 100% $15,000 $30,770 79
Applied Mathematics 77 85% 85% $14,000 $67,660 77
Area Studies 86 86% 86% Not Reported $42,680 86
Biology, General 31 87% 87% $14,670 $26,350 31
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 64 100% 100% $15,360 $60,770 64
Chemical Engineering 90 97% 97% $16,000 $77,210 90
Chemistry 98 100% 100% $16,520 $53,810 98
Communication and Media Studies 97 85% 85% $16,850 $45,380 97
Community Organization and Advocacy 100 94% 94% $17,020 $68,780 100
Computer Engineering 81 100% 100% Not Reported $82,440 81
Computer Science 96 93% 93% $14,600 $101,410 96
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 49 99% 99% $15,500 $23,130 49
Economics 97 94% 94% $14,500 $70,550 97
English Language and Literature, General 86 92% 92% $16,500 $35,770 86
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 72 100% 100% Not Reported $32,570 72
Fine and Studio Arts 93 100% 100% Not Reported $33,990 93
History 95 95% 95% $14,090 $42,120 95
Human Resources Management and Services 95 100% 100% $30,670 $58,670 95
Industrial Engineering 100 95% 95% $15,200 $90,150 100
Information Science/Studies 100 100% 100% $14,000 $84,650 100
International Relations and National Security Studies 95 89% 89% $13,500 $50,060 95
Journalism 99 98% 98% $15,500 $45,540 99
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 99 100% 100% Not Reported $44,170 99
Manufacturing Engineering 83 85% 85% Not Reported $73,950 83
Materials Engineering 88 88% 88% Not Reported $73,640 88
Mathematics 99 90% 90% $13,500 $72,610 99
Mechanical Engineering 93 98% 98% $16,500 $74,470 93
Music 82 91% 91% $16,000 $33,990 82
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 9 76% 76% $15,790 $20,140 9
Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate) 64 95% 95% Not Reported $40,470 64
Philosophy 74 86% 86% Not Reported $35,600 74
Political Science and Government 98 94% 94% $15,500 $49,860 98
Psychology, General 99 94% 94% $14,500 $41,730 99
Psychology, Other 73 96% 96% $8,430 $35,600 73
Public Policy Analysis 24 100% 100% $13,670 $35,060 24
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 81 99% 99% $14,500 $36,990 81
Research and Experimental Psychology 98 95% 95% Not Reported $48,430 98
Sociology 93 94% 94% $15,500 $40,650 93
Statistics 58 100% 100% $13,210 $61,520 58
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 92 93% 93% Not Reported $42,730 92

Salary Scores for Northwestern Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 63 100% 100% $118,610 $103,080 63
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 26 88% 88% $78,410 $37,210 26
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 18 100% 100% Not Reported $63,010 18
Biotechnology 31 89% 89% Not Reported $58,670 31
Business Administration, Management and Operations 100 98% 98% $106,800 $160,420 100
Business/Commerce, General 100 98% 98% $72,910 $163,380 100
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 34 96% 96% $141,810 $42,930 34
Communication and Media Studies 99 94% 94% $56,500 $78,900 99
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 57 99% 99% $120,200 $56,980 57
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 97 93% 93% $61,450 $76,120 97
Community Organization and Advocacy 100 97% 97% Not Reported $119,060 100
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 35 94% 94% Not Reported $29,690 35
Educational Administration and Supervision 43 96% 96% $53,200 $53,980 43
Engineering-Related Fields 92 100% 100% Not Reported $118,470 92
Engineering, Other 100 100% 100% $82,830 $155,610 100
Health and Medical Administrative Services 100 100% 100% Not Reported $144,240 100
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 80 100% 100% $34,010 $47,850 80
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 50 100% 100% $39,400 $61,520 50
Information Science/Studies 93 99% 99% $47,940 $105,680 93
Journalism 54 96% 96% $57,470 $44,570 54
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 54 83% 83% $56,280 $61,520 54
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 95 98% 98% $36,640 $119,360 95
Mechanical Engineering 73 100% 100% Not Reported $89,530 73
Medical Clinical Sciences/Graduate Medical Studies 75 100% 100% Not Reported $187,230 75
Medical Illustration and Informatics 98 100% 100% $45,300 $104,190 98
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 62 100% 100% $125,410 $45,280 62
Music 21 96% 96% $50,930 $22,490 21
Public Administration 85 96% 96% $41,000 $65,750 85
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 96 95% 95% $57,270 $70,780 96
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 18 99% 99% $99,640 $46,280 18
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 79 98% 98% $41,600 $55,350 79

Salary Scores for Northwestern Doctoral Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Biology, General 98 88% 88% Not Reported $85,430 98
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences 34 92% 92% Not Reported $51,480 34
Chemistry 97 97% 97% Not Reported $106,420 97
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 83 96% 96% $167,430 $78,340 83
History 9 100% 100% Not Reported $40,490 9
Law 100 96% 96% $138,070 $176,090 100
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies 95 94% 94% $70,430 $110,880 95
Medicine 78 100% 100% $193,720 $60,780 78
Music 79 95% 95% Not Reported $45,530 79
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 44 97% 97% $146,350 $69,760 44

Most Recent Reviews

M 12/23/2019

I greatly enjoyed attending Northwestern University. While the classes were academically challenging, I learned a great deal and felt better prepared for my future. The professors were approachable and encouraging. I would often attend office hours when I had a question and the professors would clarify the material and helped me understand. I was also involved in different activities, from volunteering at Campus Kitchens, to leading prayer and enjoying fun events at the Sheil Catholic Center, to painting at... Read More

Liam Sexton 7/31/2019

The School of Professional Studies is an amazing program. All of the professors are either graduates of incredible schools or experts in their respective fields. Great program and overall great experience. I can't say enough about everything I learned pursuing my Pre-Graduate Business Admin certificate.