Northwestern University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Northwestern University ranks better than 94% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Northwestern University ranks better than 95% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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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 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 Northwestern Bachelor's Degrees

Northwestern ranks higher than 94% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Anthropology 79% $15,000 $30,771 79%
Applied Mathematics 77% $14,000 $67,660 77%
Area Studies 86% Not Reported $42,682 86%
Biology, General 31% $14,666 $26,353 31%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 64% $15,360 $60,771 64%
Chemical Engineering 90% $16,000 $77,213 90%
Chemistry 98% $16,520 $53,810 98%
Communication and Media Studies 97% $16,850 $45,383 97%
Community Organization and Advocacy 99% $17,015 $68,778 99%
Computer Engineering 81% Not Reported $82,440 81%
Computer Science 96% $14,600 $101,406 96%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 49% $15,500 $23,134 49%
Economics 97% $14,500 $70,545 97%
English Language and Literature, General 86% $16,500 $35,772 86%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 72% Not Reported $32,569 72%
Fine and Studio Arts 93% Not Reported $33,993 93%
History 95% $14,094 $42,123 95%
Human Resources Management and Services 95% $30,665 $58,673 95%
Industrial Engineering 99% $15,200 $90,146 99%
Information Science/Studies 99% $14,000 $84,653 99%
International Relations and National Security Studies 95% $13,500 $50,063 95%
Journalism 99% $15,500 $45,539 99%
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 99% Not Reported $44,170 99%
Manufacturing Engineering 83% Not Reported $73,949 83%
Materials Engineering 88% Not Reported $73,635 88%
Mathematics 99% $13,500 $72,605 99%
Mechanical Engineering 93% $16,500 $74,465 93%
Music 82% $16,000 $33,993 82%
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 9% $15,789 $20,140 9%
Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate) 64% Not Reported $40,467 64%
Philosophy 74% Not Reported $35,600 74%
Political Science and Government 98% $15,500 $49,855 98%
Psychology, General 99% $14,500 $41,725 99%
Psychology, Other 73% $8,432 $35,600 73%
Public Policy Analysis 24% $13,666 $35,060 24%
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 81% $14,501 $36,992 81%
Research and Experimental Psychology 98% Not Reported $48,432 98%
Sociology 93% $15,500 $40,647 93%
Statistics 58% $13,210 $61,516 58%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 92% Not Reported $42,728 92%

Salary Scores for Northwestern Master's Degrees

Northwestern ranks higher than 95% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 63% $118,611 $103,078 63%
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 26% $78,409 $37,208 26%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 18% Not Reported $63,005 18%
Biotechnology 31% Not Reported $58,673 31%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 99% $106,803 $160,423 99%
Business/Commerce, General 99% $72,905 $163,379 99%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 34% $141,812 $42,930 34%
Communication and Media Studies 99% $56,500 $78,896 99%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 57% $120,204 $56,979 57%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 97% $61,452 $76,117 97%
Community Organization and Advocacy 99% Not Reported $119,061 99%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 35% Not Reported $29,685 35%
Educational Administration and Supervision 43% $53,196 $53,984 43%
Engineering-Related Fields 92% Not Reported $118,465 92%
Engineering, Other 99% $82,829 $155,613 99%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 99% Not Reported $144,240 99%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 80% $34,013 $47,846 80%
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 50% $39,397 $61,516 50%
Information Science/Studies 93% $47,937 $105,678 93%
Journalism 54% $57,466 $44,571 54%
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 54% $56,277 $61,516 54%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 95% $36,635 $119,358 95%
Mechanical Engineering 73% Not Reported $89,530 73%
Medical Clinical Sciences/Graduate Medical Studies 75% Not Reported $187,234 75%
Medical Illustration and Informatics 98% $45,298 $104,192 98%
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 62% $125,410 $45,277 62%
Music 21% $50,933 $22,485 21%
Public Administration 85% $41,000 $65,753 85%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 96% $57,271 $70,776 96%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 18% $99,640 $46,282 18%
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 79% $41,597 $55,348 79%

Salary Scores for Northwestern Doctoral Degrees

Northwestern ranks higher than 94% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Biology, General 98% Not Reported $85,434 98%
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences 34% Not Reported $51,482 34%
Chemistry 97% Not Reported $106,421 97%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 83% $167,425 $78,343 83%
History 9% Not Reported $40,485 9%
Law 99% $138,065 $176,087 99%
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies 95% $70,432 $110,878 95%
Medicine 78% $193,724 $60,783 78%
Music 79% Not Reported $45,529 79%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 44% $146,345 $69,757 44%

Northwestern University Reviews

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.