Western Kentucky University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Western Kentucky University ranks better than only 25% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Western Kentucky University ranks better than only 42% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at Western Kentucky University

We calculated a salary score for each of Western Kentucky 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 Western Kentucky 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 WKU Associate Degrees

WKU ranks higher than 31% of colleges for associate degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 55% $17,776 $26,353 55%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 26% $18,500 $52,843 26%

Salary Scores for WKU Bachelor's Degrees

WKU ranks higher than 25% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 19% $25,000 $41,565 19%
Agriculture, General 29% $21,978 $31,828 29%
Anthropology 15% $21,750 $21,508 15%
Apparel and Textiles 16% $27,000 $31,133 16%
Architectural Sciences and Technology 33% $23,250 $41,565 33%
Biology, General 13% $22,200 $22,898 13%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 24% $23,000 $36,668 24%
Business/Managerial Economics 36% Not Reported $44,384 36%
Civil Engineering 1% $31,000 $47,650 1%
Communication and Media Studies 53% $24,750 $33,993 53%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 32% $19,500 $50,231 32%
Construction Engineering Technologies 28% Not Reported $59,576 28%
Criminology 8% $20,500 $28,133 8%
Dance 23% Not Reported $18,771 23%
Dental Support Services and Allied Professions 6% $25,000 $42,363 6%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 27% $23,249 $20,482 27%
Economics 32% $14,000 $43,426 32%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 60% Not Reported $72,650 60%
English Language and Literature, General 23% $25,000 $25,194 23%
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 64% Not Reported $33,382 64%
Finance and Financial Management Services 17% $23,000 $41,342 17%
Fine and Studio Arts 49% $26,049 $26,063 49%
Geography and Cartography 30% Not Reported $32,925 30%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 49% Not Reported $36,992 49%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 21% $28,500 $33,687 21%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 29% $25,650 $27,543 29%
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 27% $21,500 $28,236 27%
History 29% $26,075 $27,181 29%
Hospitality Administration/Management 3% $23,250 $26,121 3%
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians 39% $24,691 $53,358 39%
Journalism 28% $26,000 $29,374 28%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 39% $28,750 $30,804 39%
Management Information Systems and Services 13% $18,291 $42,309 13%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 19% $23,100 $43,798 19%
Marketing 27% $21,500 $38,289 27%
Mathematics 16% $21,500 $34,704 16%
Mechanical Engineering 49% $18,722 $65,441 49%
Music 47% $30,599 $27,150 47%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 3% $30,000 $24,035 3%
Political Science and Government 18% $24,250 $28,960 18%
Psychology, General 22% $22,391 $26,224 22%
Public Health 48% $29,750 $34,526 48%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 22% $23,050 $33,815 22%
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 18% $27,000 $25,194 18%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 18% $23,500 $55,704 18%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 17% $18,939 $25,967 17%
Social Sciences, General 22% $27,000 $29,141 22%
Social Work 63% $24,503 $33,565 63%
Sociology 24% $26,000 $28,719 24%
Special Education and Teaching 22% $21,000 $34,704 22%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 28% $23,112 $33,171 28%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 14% $27,369 $30,988 14%

Salary Scores for WKU Master's Degrees

WKU ranks higher than 26% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Business Administration, Management and Operations 20% $30,750 $52,420 20%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 19% $37,979 $38,559 19%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 17% $41,000 $49,572 17%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 33% Not Reported $58,673 33%
Library Science and Administration 50% $20,500 $43,638 50%
Mathematics 19% Not Reported $44,356 19%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 70% $30,748 $45,618 70%
Psychology, General 51% $34,000 $44,835 51%
Public Health 11% Not Reported $38,289 11%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 22% $32,572 $82,882 22%
Social Work 9% $27,643 $38,083 9%
Special Education and Teaching 12% $27,476 $40,896 12%
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 14% $38,500 $37,208 14%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 19% $30,750 $40,535 19%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 12% Not Reported $39,639 12%

Salary Scores for WKU Doctoral Degrees

WKU ranks higher than 54% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Educational Administration and Supervision 14% Not Reported $63,005 14%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 64% $92,236 $72,651 64%

Western Kentucky University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Spencer Steele 12/18/2019

At WKU I feel like the education program was great. However, the requirements that were established for an English/Literature emphasis I believe were entirely too rigorous. I was taking 18-19 hours per semester, and felt overwhelmed with all of the work I had to do just so I could graduate in the 4 years. WKU's tuition rates I believe were also super inflated compared to it's competitors in size and geographical area. However, I enjoyed my time at the school. I just felt overall, that the school focused more... Read More

Shelby Kempf 7/30/2019

The school itself has some amazing teachers, with some amazing knowledge of the subjects they teach. It is the higher up you go the more problems begin to show. The college continually changes their budget and have recently been cutting programs constantly. Tuition is on the rise and it was already high before then. For some reason they have also decided to force meal plans upon students who are not living on campus now. This is something you have to pay for out of pocket and is not included in financial aid... Read More