Purdue University - Main Campus Rankings by Salary Score

Salary Scores
 74
Bachelor's
 69
Master's
 43
Doctoral

Purdue University - Main Campus's Top Rankings

Purdue University - Main Campus is ranked on 9 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at Purdue University - Main Campus

We calculated a salary score for each of Purdue University - Main Campus'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 Purdue University - Main Campus 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.

Purdue Bachelor's Degree Salary Score

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 87 97% $22,500 $57,670 87
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 63 100% $22,460 $67,510 63
Agricultural Business and Management 82 97% $16,050 $50,160 82
Agricultural Engineering 96 98% $24,000 $67,100 96
Agricultural Mechanization 52 97% $14,700 $51,790 52
Agricultural Production Operations 92 100% $17,130 $46,090 92
Agricultural Public Services 56 100% Not Reported $38,290 56
Air Transportation 56 100% $21,230 $47,490 56
Animal Sciences 84 99% $19,500 $35,000 84
Anthropology 73 94% Not Reported $29,690 73
Architectural Engineering Technologies/Technicians 93 98% $21,560 $66,820 93
Area Studies 82 87% Not Reported $41,570 82
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 94 96% $16,570 $45,700 94
Biology, General 96 93% $21,000 $38,290 96
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 82 100% $23,870 $66,260 82
Botany/Plant Biology 4 100% Not Reported $17,620 4
Business Administration, Management and Operations 91 97% $20,500 $54,610 91
Chemical Engineering 81 98% $20,000 $73,790 81
Chemistry 67 93% $22,250 $41,570 67
Civil Engineering 87 100% $19,820 $67,320 87
Communication and Media Studies 78 97% $20,080 $38,440 78
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 60 91% $15,390 $27,400 60
Computer and Information Sciences, General 79 97% $20,500 $70,810 79
Computer Engineering 69 100% $22,500 $77,790 69
Computer Science 83 97% $17,150 $86,220 83
Computer Software and Media Applications 31 91% $19,500 $34,300 31
Construction Engineering 96 100% Not Reported $81,700 96
Design and Applied Arts 83 94% $21,500 $42,680 83
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 86 90% $21,740 $41,570 86
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 67 95% $19,710 $25,190 67
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 29 100% Not Reported $25,190 29
Economics 59 93% $20,500 $51,480 59
Education, General 42 94% Not Reported $32,930 42
Electrical Engineering Technologies/Technicians 61 98% $22,370 $63,250 61
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 64 95% $21,500 $73,550 64
Engineering Technology, General 61 100% Not Reported $57,320 61
Engineering-Related Fields 50 97% $22,100 $61,520 50
Engineering, Other 70 92% $22,000 $66,820 70
English Language and Literature, General 28 97% $17,500 $26,120 28
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 69 96% $20,760 $58,220 69
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 5 87% Not Reported $21,510 5
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Business Services 44 98% $21,500 $43,050 44
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 77 84% $19,500 $30,410 77
Finance and Financial Management Services 61 96% $20,500 $53,360 61
Fine and Studio Arts 20 92% $24,360 $21,780 20
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 4 98% $21,150 $22,630 4
Food Science and Technology 99 100% $21,500 $67,160 99
Forestry 30 100% Not Reported $35,590 30
General Sales, Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations 72 98% $20,330 $56,350 72
Genetics 76 92% $24,340 $37,210 76
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 47 100% $26,800 $36,670 47
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 24 92% $19,980 $26,740 24
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 89 91% $19,500 $48,040 89
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 75 94% $20,740 $43,430 75
History 24 95% $19,470 $26,120 24
Hospitality Administration/Management 91 96% $19,180 $45,750 91
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 46 99% $16,880 $29,370 46
Industrial Engineering 76 97% $21,500 $73,130 76
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians 83 100% $18,380 $66,020 83
Landscape Architecture 81 100% Not Reported $50,680 81
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 98 98% $23,500 $47,730 98
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 65 81% Not Reported $31,670 65
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 88 95% $17,560 $67,470 88
Marketing 91 100% $20,130 $51,270 91
Materials Engineering 72 95% $21,500 $69,340 72
Mathematics 49 87% $22,500 $45,580 49
Mechanical Engineering 88 97% $18,720 $72,480 88
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians 74 99% $21,500 $65,420 74
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 35 96% Not Reported $30,410 35
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 44 100% $19,500 $28,600 44
Nuclear Engineering 76 100% $19,500 $67,320 76
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration 77 87% $19,120 $46,480 77
Physics 25 86% $18,500 $36,140 25
Plant Sciences 15 100% Not Reported $29,690 15
Political Science and Government 66 96% $19,650 $38,290 66
Psychology, General 36 95% $20,260 $28,240 36
Public Health 37 100% $18,920 $32,710 37
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 22 99% $19,500 $57,320 22
Research and Experimental Psychology 38 98% $18,250 $30,770 38
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 40 97% $20,000 $27,620 40
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 80 91% $9,500 $39,010 80
Sociology 69 98% $19,000 $35,270 69
Special Education and Teaching 38 100% $22,880 $36,850 38
Statistics 67 89% $20,270 $65,890 67
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 71 100% $20,240 $38,540 71
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 85 99% $19,500 $42,290 85
Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians 51 97% $23,620 $32,930 51

Purdue Master's Degree Salary Score

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 63 98% Not Reported $91,740 63
Air Transportation 26 96% $26,570 $60,840 26
Business Administration, Management and Operations 88 97% $43,810 $96,290 88
Civil Engineering 31 100% Not Reported $68,920 31
Communication and Media Studies 92 95% $30,500 $65,240 92
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 7 100% $29,800 $46,320 7
Computer and Information Sciences, General 66 100% Not Reported $92,630 66
Computer Science 44 100% Not Reported $97,070 44
Computer Software and Media Applications 29 100% Not Reported $63,010 29
Economics 91 80% Not Reported $84,650 91
Education, General 64 97% $28,720 $53,500 64
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 72 94% Not Reported $101,960 72
Engineering Technology, General 65 97% $24,000 $80,150 65
Engineering-Related Fields 26 100% Not Reported $77,400 26
Engineering, Other 56 98% Not Reported $100,950 56
Forestry 20 100% Not Reported $46,090 20
Mechanical Engineering 88 100% Not Reported $94,410 88
Public Health 20 100% Not Reported $43,430 20
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 27 100% $20,610 $86,550 27

Purdue Doctoral Degree Salary Score

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 36 100% Not Reported $100,410 36
Biology, General 31 95% Not Reported $53,980 31
Chemistry 44 98% Not Reported $69,340 44
Education, General 31 100% Not Reported $69,340 31
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 37 100% Not Reported $110,880 37
Engineering-Related Fields 24 100% Not Reported $84,650 24
English Language and Literature, General 59 93% $59,750 $53,980 59
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration 17 95% $104,400 $105,810 17
Physics 20 92% Not Reported $66,170 20
Veterinary Medicine 89 98% $121,980 $85,860 89

Reviews by Program

Most Recent Reviews

Yohana 12/28/2019

I am so appreciative of my time at Purdue University. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. I would say for psychology majors specifically, you have to go out of your way to carve out experiences for yourself. Purdue provides amazing opportunities for research, but any other type of hands on training you will have to find for yourself. Personally, I wanted more exposure to Clinical Psychology and mental health treatment and I was able to get that outside of the university. Other than psychology... Read More

Erin VanHoosier 9/29/2019

I attended Purdue University because it was very close to home and many people in my family attended in the past. My degree was very science-based, so my courses in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry were all in very big lecture halls. Although these were big classrooms, the professors still tried their best to answer individual student questions. In addition, these big classes came with a ton of extra resources including multiple teaching assistants, recitations for extra... Read More