Portland State University Rankings by Salary Score

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


Salary and Debt by Major at Portland State University

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

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 54 95% 95% $23,500 $49,380 54
Anthropology 49 94% 94% $26,330 $26,520 49
Architecture 12 96% 96% $23,000 $37,860 12
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 85 95% 95% $25,000 $41,570 85
Biological and Physical Sciences 51 92% 92% $22,110 $32,770 51
Biology, General 73 93% 93% $24,000 $32,280 73
Business Administration, Management and Operations 77 97% 97% $21,800 $49,390 77
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 34 96% 96% $22,250 $39,010 34
Chemistry 68 91% 91% $25,000 $41,790 68
Civil Engineering 63 96% 96% $25,000 $63,010 63
Communication and Media Studies 63 94% 94% $20,000 $35,680 63
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 30 90% 90% $21,500 $22,530 30
Community Organization and Advocacy 31 92% 92% $23,420 $30,930 31
Computer Engineering 88 100% 100% $32,440 $86,420 88
Computer Science 78 96% 96% $23,730 $82,880 78
Criminal Justice and Corrections 55 96% 96% $22,000 $36,380 55
Design and Applied Arts 73 96% 96% $25,760 $39,910 73
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 76 96% 96% $22,390 $26,350 76
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 37 61% 61% $31,000 $27,440 37
Economics 14 96% 96% $18,210 $36,850 14
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 55 98% 98% $26,000 $71,580 55
English Language and Literature, General 54 89% 89% $22,000 $30,080 54
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 85 94% 94% $24,790 $61,060 85
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 67 100% 100% $23,000 $31,800 67
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 26 93% 93% $21,020 $23,260 26
Finance and Financial Management Services 64 96% 96% $21,800 $54,050 64
Fine and Studio Arts 25 93% 93% $27,000 $22,650 25
General Sales, Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations 32 97% 97% Not Reported $44,280 32
Geography and Cartography 43 95% 95% $23,920 $35,270 43
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 66 95% 95% $28,070 $39,730 66
Health and Medical Administrative Services 14 83% 83% Not Reported $31,130 14
History 59 94% 94% $21,500 $32,280 59
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 57 97% 97% $21,300 $30,590 57
Human Resources Management and Services 45 97% 97% $23,630 $45,050 45
International Relations and National Security Studies 25 88% 88% $20,500 $31,310 25
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 23 92% 92% $25,000 $27,330 23
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 52 73% 73% $24,000 $29,690 52
Marketing 51 96% 96% $20,000 $42,580 51
Mathematics 23 89% 89% $24,290 $37,570 23
Mechanical Engineering 37 97% 97% $25,000 $63,630 37
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 24 94% 94% $19,170 $30,050 24
Music 16 100% 100% $27,650 $20,690 16
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 15 92% 92% $24,780 $25,770 15
Philosophy 12 94% 94% $23,000 $20,440 12
Physics 95 88% 88% $24,220 $61,520 95
Political Science and Government 33 90% 90% $20,500 $32,280 33
Psychology, General 62 92% 92% $20,000 $31,400 62
Public Health 38 93% 93% $21,000 $32,960 38
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 50 95% 95% $26,500 $32,930 50
Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 31 94% 94% Not Reported $33,990 31
Social Sciences, General 35 94% 94% $22,750 $32,020 35
Social Work 75 96% 96% $21,500 $35,060 75
Sociology 25 93% 93% $21,890 $28,870 25

Salary Scores for PSU Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Architecture 43 97% 97% $48,500 $53,360 43
Business Administration, Management and Operations 83 97% 97% $41,000 $91,540 83
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 65 100% 100% $38,590 $57,860 65
Civil Engineering 12 100% 100% $22,230 $64,280 12
Communication and Media Studies 38 100% 100% Not Reported $44,970 38
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 45 100% 100% $61,000 $55,060 45
Computer Science 60 94% 94% Not Reported $106,420 60
Criminal Justice and Corrections 43 100% 100% Not Reported $47,260 43
Curriculum and Instruction 75 94% 94% $20,500 $54,580 75
Education, General 37 96% 96% $32,810 $47,410 37
Educational Administration and Supervision 25 95% 95% $34,170 $47,260 25
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 69 93% 93% $20,500 $100,950 69
English Language and Literature, General 73 95% 95% Not Reported $44,970 73
Finance and Financial Management Services 55 97% 97% $34,170 $79,690 55
Fine and Studio Arts 30 100% 100% Not Reported $26,720 30
Geography and Cartography 47 89% 89% Not Reported $57,320 47
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 47 100% 100% Not Reported $63,010 47
Health and Medical Administrative Services 42 100% 100% Not Reported $64,490 42
International Business 22 94% 94% Not Reported $55,960 22
Mathematics 37 100% 100% Not Reported $52,110 37
Mechanical Engineering 26 100% 100% Not Reported $78,070 26
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 49 85% 85% $41,000 $45,380 49
Public Administration 78 97% 97% $41,000 $63,010 78
Public Health 46 100% 100% Not Reported $53,110 46
Publishing 9 100% 100% $38,230 $30,770 9
Real Estate 30 96% 96% Not Reported $76,460 30
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 57 98% 98% $38,020 $38,830 57
Social Work 78 99% 99% $46,670 $50,190 78
Special Education and Teaching 57 97% 97% $38,900 $51,610 57
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 57 97% 97% $61,500 $46,020 57
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 55 96% 96% $35,500 $47,910 55
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language 1 84% 84% $38,610 $20,140 1

Most Recent Reviews

Beth 8/6/2020

I graduated during the pandemic, which really impacted my last quarter in the program. I'm not going to focus as much on that, just because I don't think it's a normal circumstance and may not be reflective of the program. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend the MSW program to anyone and would recommend exploring other options. I was consistently disappointed every quarter with the class options, and a lot lacked a focus in social justice within the curriculum (which I think is a key part of doing social work).... Read More

N M 1/17/2020

PSU is a mess. Right as I came to graduatate, they applied my final course as a general elective - it should have applied towards what they call Clusters. In the degree audit, the course specifically is listed as applying. Despite their own audit stating the credit applied, they delayed my graduation and made me petition to have the course apply. I am still dealing with this. I know of 6 other people in my circle of peers that had this exact experience as well. I do not recommend this school. Beyond this issue,... Read More