University of Southern California Rankings by Salary Score

Salary Scores
 93
Bachelor's
 81
Master's
 72
Doctoral
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University of Southern California's Top Rankings

University of Southern California is ranked on 37 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at University of Southern California

We calculated a salary score for each of University of Southern California'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 University of Southern California 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 USC Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 99 97% 97% $19,500 $67,740 99
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 97 100% 100% $25,990 $75,200 97
Applied Mathematics 62 94% 94% $13,490 $61,020 62
Architectural Sciences and Technology 71 89% 89% $34,500 $54,040 71
Architecture 88 90% 90% $32,370 $55,030 88
Area Studies 70 94% 94% $12,000 $38,290 70
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 62 85% 85% $21,500 $30,770 62
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 9 89% 89% $7,740 $23,650 9
Biology, General 47 84% 84% $13,000 $28,600 47
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 58 97% 97% $19,110 $59,120 58
Business Administration, Management and Operations 99 94% 94% $17,750 $64,950 99
Chemical Engineering 85 97% 97% $16,500 $75,200 85
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 87 92% 92% $19,500 $49,020 87
Civil Engineering 100 100% 100% $23,160 $78,510 100
Cognitive Science 84 89% 89% $11,000 $52,110 84
Communication and Media Studies 96 92% 92% $17,990 $44,920 96
Computer Engineering 97 87% 87% $16,500 $96,180 97
Computer Science 92 93% 93% $21,000 $94,850 92
Computer Software and Media Applications 100 100% 100% $22,780 $76,460 100
Dental Support Services and Allied Professions 97 100% 100% $26,250 $73,450 97
Design and Applied Arts 91 96% 96% $21,000 $45,700 91
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 77 97% 97% $17,500 $26,560 77
Economics 69 93% 93% $14,380 $54,430 69
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 97 98% 98% $19,500 $86,620 97
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 59 85% 85% $13,000 $30,770 59
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 97 94% 94% $20,000 $36,540 97
Fine and Studio Arts 95 96% 96% $19,510 $35,060 95
Human Biology 30 86% 86% $17,250 $32,470 30
Industrial Engineering 92 100% 100% $22,250 $78,660 92
International Relations and National Security Studies 96 93% 93% $15,750 $51,690 96
Journalism 99 98% 98% $19,000 $46,090 99
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 51 88% 88% $3,250 $32,930 51
Mechanical Engineering 93 98% 98% $17,250 $74,240 93
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 39 90% 90% $20,250 $33,990 39
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 55 100% 100% $14,880 $33,990 55
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 34 93% 93% $17,250 $26,740 34
Philosophy 67 82% 82% $14,000 $33,990 67
Political Science and Government 74 96% 96% $14,000 $39,860 74
Psychology, General 85 93% 93% $17,250 $34,790 85
Public Health 38 93% 93% $17,750 $32,930 38
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 98 95% 95% $19,500 $48,750 98
Real Estate 98 94% 94% $18,750 $84,650 98
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 88 90% 90% $18,450 $38,290 88
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 89 97% 97% $20,750 $41,570 89
Social Sciences, General 46 93% 93% $20,500 $33,990 46
Sociology 83 90% 90% $13,500 $37,750 83
Visual and Performing Arts, General 71 96% 96% $21,950 $29,690 71

Salary Scores for USC Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 88 100% 100% $47,390 $68,340 88
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences 56 79% 79% Not Reported $182,280 56
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 87 98% 98% $50,130 $99,790 87
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 87 100% 100% $198,810 $122,900 87
Architectural Sciences and Technology 56 92% 92% $125,290 $62,150 56
Architecture 86 90% 90% $142,540 $59,900 86
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology 10 85% 85% Not Reported $47,260 10
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 68 97% 97% Not Reported $76,460 68
Business Administration, Management and Operations 100 96% 96% $79,040 $128,510 100
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences 38 95% 95% $53,350 $55,380 38
Chemical Engineering 85 92% 92% Not Reported $88,200 85
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 83 100% 100% $45,500 $61,810 83
Civil Engineering 88 97% 97% $40,750 $80,290 88
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 97 93% 93% $61,940 $64,990 97
Communication and Media Studies 89 95% 95% $66,980 $63,530 89
Computer Science 75 97% 97% $41,000 $116,460 75
Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management 100 100% 100% Not Reported $122,040 100
Design and Applied Arts 78 100% 100% Not Reported $68,220 78
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 35 93% 93% $105,550 $29,690 35
Educational Administration and Supervision 35 99% 99% $68,570 $51,220 35
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 83 98% 98% $27,910 $107,380 83
Engineering, Other 43 95% 95% Not Reported $94,410 43
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations 41 90% 90% $56,500 $60,840 41
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 37 86% 86% $146,540 $30,500 37
Finance and Financial Management Services 42 100% 100% Not Reported $72,670 42
Geography and Cartography 65 97% 97% $56,250 $62,510 65
Gerontology 81 89% 89% $63,950 $48,820 81
Health and Medical Administrative Services 92 98% 98% $86,500 $104,750 92
International/Global Studies 53 95% 95% Not Reported $62,010 53
Journalism 47 100% 100% $35,990 $43,320 47
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies 19 81% 81% $61,760 $47,330 19
Library Science and Administration 27 97% 97% $100,760 $40,650 27
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 71 94% 94% $41,000 $95,470 71
Marketing 72 95% 95% Not Reported $78,340 72
Mechanical Engineering 81 100% 100% $47,600 $91,740 81
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 83 98% 98% $113,190 $50,160 83
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 41 100% 100% $91,440 $49,060 41
Music 13 92% 92% $41,000 $18,620 13
Petroleum Engineering 30 94% 94% Not Reported $72,900 30
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration 68 95% 95% $71,750 $98,970 68
Public Administration 93 97% 97% $70,710 $71,230 93
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 99 96% 96% $58,580 $157,770 99
Public Health 51 91% 91% $85,250 $54,880 51
Public Policy Analysis 55 98% 98% $74,120 $61,520 55
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 44 95% 95% $52,500 $51,110 44
Real Estate Development 94 94% 94% $88,590 $125,390 94
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 100 100% 100% $140,520 $161,640 100
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 94 95% 95% $131,640 $74,580 94
Social Work 84 96% 96% $118,700 $51,440 84
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 94 97% 97% $89,810 $55,290 94
Systems Engineering 91 93% 93% Not Reported $122,040 91
Taxation 52 98% 98% $47,390 $78,510 52
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 40 92% 92% $69,550 $47,590 40
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language 18 69% 69% $63,990 $36,670 18

Salary Scores for USC Doctoral Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Dentistry 23 95% 95% $439,170 $94,890 23
Educational Administration and Supervision 83 100% 100% $96,490 $100,900 83
Law 84 96% 96% $129,000 $99,330 84
Music 38 94% 94% $69,660 $37,210 38
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration 88 99% 99% $209,170 $123,340 88
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 70 98% 98% $192,060 $73,650 70

Salary Scores for USC Certificates

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Hospitality Administration/Management 100 100% 100% Not Reported $109,290 100

Most Recent Reviews

In Debt 1/18/2021

If you are white, you'll have a decent experience with this school. You'll be able to meet with advisors and professors in a timely fashion, get relevant feedback, connections and help. You'll essentially get what you pay for: instruction, objective feedback etc. If you're not white, hold on to your hat. You'll be ignored, probably told to leave, you'll have to hold meetings and formal inquiries to get basic needs met. It's even more difficult online because I sometimes have to rely on my white peers to email... Read More

Morgan Pavey 6/30/2019

If you are planning to attend USC to study theater, my biggest piece of advice would be to take advantage of your resources outside of the department. Los Angeles is not an easy place to get started as an actor, and school will incubate you from trials and tribulations of beginning a career. It's a great idea to get your feet wet while you're still studying. Go see productions at local theaters, and start cultivating relationships with working professionals as your mentors. Take a class over the summer at... Read More