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Occupations by Salary and Expected Growth

When planning for a career, the level of passion and “fit” one feels for a certain profession is infinitely more important than the sheer potential for monetary gain. Still, when a teen sets out on an educational journey, they are, sometimes unknowingly, making decisions that can have a long-term financial impact on their lives. For example, taking on massive student loans when you desire to enter a lower-paying field can be a set-up for having your dreams deterred down the road.

To get in the proper higher education consumer mindset, we believe that teens and parents should digest all of the available data related to careers as it connects to one's postsecondary pathway. Toward that aim, our Occupations by Salary and Expected Growth table offers salary data, expected job growth over the next decade, and the type of degree required for entry for over 150 of the most popular professions. All data was collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the government’s premier source of career-related data and trends.

*The statistics listed below were collected on April 10, 2021 and are current as of that date.

To view additional data columns, click the + icon to the left of the institution's name.

Occupation2019 Median Pay10th %tile90th %tileExpected Job GrowthEntry-Level DegreeGrowth Outlook Job Category
Accountant$71,550$44,480$124,4504%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageBusiness & Finance
Actuary$108,350$64,860$193,60018%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageMath
Adult/ESL Teacher$54,350$32,580$93,760-10%Bachelor'sDeclineEducation
Advertising/Marketing Manager$135,900$61,930$208,0006%Bachelor'sFaster than averageManagement
Aerospace Engineer$116,500$72,450$166,6203%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEngineering and Architecture
Agricultural Engineer$80,720$47,330$160,9502%Bachelor'sSlower than averageEngineering and Architecture
Agricultural/Food Scientist$65,160$39,280$118,8306%Bachelor'sFaster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Anesthesiologist$271,440$136,180Healthcare
Animator$75,270$40,250$139,9404%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageArt & Design
AnthropologistMaster'sLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Arbitrator/Mediator$63,930$37,420$123,7308%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageLegal
ArcheologistMaster'sLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Architect$80,750$48,700$137,6201%Bachelor'sSlower than averageEngineering and Architecture
Architecture/Engineering Manager$144,830$92,510$208,0003%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageManagement
Art Director$94,220$53,240$188,750-2%Bachelor'sDeclineArt & Design
Athletic Trainer$48,440$31,300$73,47016%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageHealthcare
Atmospheric Scientist/Meteorologist$95,380$49,700$147,1606%Bachelor'sFaster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Audiologist$77,600$54,010$120,75013%DoctoralMuch faster than averageHealthcare
Biochemist/Biophysicist$94,490$50,620$182,8704%DoctoralAs fast as averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Biological Technician$45,860$29,450$73,3505%Bachelor'sFaster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Biomedical Engineer$91,410$55,280$148,2105%Bachelor'sFaster than averageEngineering and Architecture
Budget Analyst$76,540$50,230$116,5103%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageBusiness & Finance
Buyer/Purchasing Manager$69,600$38,230$193,400-7%Bachelor'sDeclineBusiness & Finance
Cartographer$65,470$41,670$103,3804%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEngineering and Architecture
Chemical Engineer$108,770$66,810$176,0904%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEngineering and Architecture
Chiropractor$70,340$35,290$147,4804%DoctoralAs fast as averageHealthcare
Civil Engineer$87,060$55,380$144,5602%Bachelor'sSlower than averageEngineering and Architecture
Compensation/Benefits Manager$122,270$69,870$208,0003%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageManagement
Computer and Information Scientist$122,840$69,990$189,78015%Master'sMuch faster than averageComputer and Information Technology
Computer Engineer$117,220$68,460$185,2402%Bachelor'sSlower than averageEngineering and Architecture
Computer Network Architect$112,690$64,770$168,3905%Bachelor'sFaster than averageComputer and Information Technology
Computer Programmer$86,550$50,150$140,250-9%Bachelor'sDeclineComputer and Information Technology
Computer Systems Analyst$90,920$55,180$147,6707%Bachelor'sFaster than averageComputer and Information Technology
Conservation Scientist/Forester$62,410$39,270$98,0605%Bachelor'sFaster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Construction Manager$95,260$56,140$164,7908%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageManagement
Cost Estimator$65,250$39,380$111,350-1%Bachelor'sDeclineBusiness & Finance
Database Administrator$93,750$51,800$148,06010%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageComputer and Information Technology
Dental Hygienist$76,220$53,130$103,3406%Associate'sFaster than averageHealthcare
Dentist$159,200$79,670$208,0003%DoctoralAs fast as averageHealthcare
Dietician/Nutritionist$61,270$38,890$87,3608%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageHealthcare
Economist$105,020$59,450$185,02014%Master'sMuch faster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Editor$61,370$32,620$122,280-7%Bachelor'sDeclineMedia and Communication
Electrical Engineer$101,250$63,020$164,2103%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEngineering and Architecture
Elementary School Teacher$59,420$37,420$90,1804%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEducation
Emergency Management Director$74,590$40,430$141,2304%Bachelor'sas fast as averageManagement
Environmental Engineer$88,860$54,330$142,0703%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEngineering and Architecture
Environmental Scientist$71,360$42,810$124,7608%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Epidemiologist$70,990$44,000$119,2905%Master'sFaster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Event Planner$50,600$28,590$86,3908%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageBusiness & Finance
Facilities ManagerManagement
Family PhysicianHealthcare
Fashion Designer$73,790$37,260$149,010-4%Bachelor'sDeclineArt & Design
Film/Video Editor$59,810$26,560$168,32018%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageMedia and Communication
Financial Analyst$81,590$47,230$156,1505%Bachelor'sFaster than averageBusiness & Finance
Financial Examiner$81,090$43,500$158,2007%Bachelor'sFaster than averageBusiness & Finance
Financial Manager$129,890$68,370$208,00015%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageManagement
Financial Services Sales Agent$62,270$35,320$204,1304%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageSales
Food Service Manager$55,320$33,210$93,0401%High School DiplomaSlower than averageManagement
Forensic ScientistLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Fundraiser$57,970$33,530$100,41014%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageBusiness & Finance
Geographer$81,540$52,280$113,140-1%Bachelor'sDeclineLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Geoscientist$92,040$51,000$187,9105%Bachelor'sFaster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Graphic Designer$52,110$30,810$89,210-4%Bachelor'sDeclineArt & Design
Health and Safety Engineer$91,410$53,650$143,8804%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEngineering and Architecture
High School Teacher$61,660$40,540$99,6604%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEducation
Historian$63,680$29,760$114,8103%Master'sAs fast as averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Hotel/Lodging Manager$54,430$31,380$105,720-12%High School DiplomaDeclineManagement
Human Resource Manager$116,720$68,300$205,7206%Bachelor'sFaster than averageManagement
Human Resource Specialist$61,920$37,180$105,9307%Bachelor'sFaster than averageBusiness & Finance
Hydrologist$81,270$51,220$127,4005%Bachelor'sFaster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Industrial Designer$68,890$39,860$114,950-4%Bachelor'sDeclineArt & Design
Industrial Engineer$88,020$57,290$134,07010%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageEngineering and Architecture
Information Security Analyst$99,730$57,810$158,86031%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageComputer and Information Technology
Instructional Coordinator$66,290$38,260$103,7906%Master'sFaster than averageEducation
Insurance Underwriter$70,020$42,360$124,320-6%Bachelor'sDeclineBusiness & Finance
Interior Designer$56,040$31,970$96,470-5%Bachelor'sDeclineArt & Design
InternistHealthcare
Interpretor/Translator$51,830$28,170$94,37020%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageMedia and Communication
Judge$120,090$39,110$204,2002%DoctoralSlower than averageLegal
Labor Relations Specialist$69,020$19,230$124,380-7%Bachelor'sDeclineBusiness & Finance
Landscape Architect$69,360$42,320$112,290-2%Bachelor'sDeclineEngineering and Architecture
Lawyer$122,960$59,670$208,0004%DoctoralAs fast as averageLegal
Librarian$59,500$33,820$94,5205%Bachelor'sFaster than averageEducation
Loan Officer$63,270$32,560$132,6803%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageBusiness & Finance
Logistician$74,750$44,020$120,4004%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageBusiness & Finance
Management Analyst$85,260$49,700$154,31011%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageBusiness & Finance
Marine Engineer/Naval Architect$92,400$65,440$147,7101%Bachelor'sSlower than averageEngineering and Architecture
Market Analyst$63,790$34,350$122,63018%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageBusiness & Finance
Marriage and Family Therapist$49,610$32,070$87,70022%Master'sMuch faster than averageCommunity and Social Service
Materials Engineer$93,360$57,340$148,9602%Bachelor'sSlower than averageEngineering and Architecture
Mathematician/Statistician$92,030$52,690$162,06033%Master'sMuch faster than averageMath
Mechanical Engineer$88,430$57,130$138,0204%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEngineering and Architecture
Medical Scientist$88,790$49,020$159,6806%DoctoralFaster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Mental Health Counselor$46,240$29,520$76,08025%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageCommunity and Social Service
Microbiologist$75,650$43,500$133,2803%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Middle School Teacher$59,660$39,990$96,2804%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEducation
Mining/Geological Engineer$91,160$52,160$151,2304%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEngineering and Architecture
Music Director/Composer$51,670$23,100$125,2002%Bachelor'sSlower than averageEntertainment
Network/Systems Administrator$83,510$52,370$132,5204%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageComputer and Information Technology
Nuclear Engineer$113,460$71,860$179,43013%Bachelor'sDeclineEngineering and Architecture
Obstetrician/GynecologistHealthcare
Occupational Therapist$84,950$56,800$121,49016%Master'sMuch faster than averageHealthcare
Operations Research Analyst$84,810$48,670$140,79025%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageMath
Optician$37,840$25,640$60,8404%High School DiplomaAs fast as averageHealthcare
Optometrist$115,250$59,200$194,1004%DoctoralAs fast as averageHealthcare
Orthotists/Prosthetists$68,410$41,360$108,13017%Master'sMuch faster than averageHealthcare
Paralegals & Legal Assistants$51,740$32,160$82,50010%Associate'sMuch faster than averageLegal
PediatricianHealthcare
Personal Financial Advisor$87,850$42,950$208,0004%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageBusiness & Finance
Petroleum Engineer$137,720$79,270$208,0003%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEngineering and Architecture
Pharmacist$128,090$88,400$162,900-3%DoctoralDeclineHealthcare
Photographer$36,280$9.92/Hour$38.19/Hour-4%High School DiplomaDeclineMedia and Communication
Physical Therapist$89,440$62,120$127,74018%DoctoralMuch faster than averageHealthcare
Physicist/Astronomer$122,220$59,420$185,7807%DoctoralFaster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Podiatrist$126,240$54,150$208,0000%DoctoralLittle or no changeHealthcare
Postsecondary Education Administrator$95,410$55,320$194,0904%Master'sas fast as averageManagement
Postsecondary Teachers$79,540$40,480$174,9609%Master's/DoctoralMuch faster than averageEducation
Preschool Teachers$30,520$21,140$55,0502%Associate'sSlower than averageEducation
Preschool/Childcare Director$48,210$30,850$82,5901%Bachelor'sSlower than averageManagement
Producer/Director$74,420$35,480$173,68010%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageEntertainment
Property/Real Estate Manager$58,760$31,030$129,1600%High School DiplomaLittle to no changeManagement
Psychiatrist$220,430$74,530$284,74812%Doctoral Faster than averageHealthcare
Psychologist (Clinical/Counseling/School)$87,450$45,240$132,6703%Master'sAs fast as averageCommunity and Social Service
Psychologist (Industrial/Organizational)$111,150$51,080$197,7003%Master'sAs fast as averageBusiness & Finance
Public Relations Specialist$61,150$34,590$115,4307%Bachelor'sFaster than averageMedia and Communication
Public Relations/Fundraising Manager$116,180$64,790$208,0009%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageManagement
Radiologic & MRI Technologists$62,280$41,480$101,5807%Associate'sFaster than averageHealthcare
Registered Nurse$73,300$52,080$111,2207%Bachelor'sFaster than averageHealthcare
Rehabilitation Counselor$35,950$23,820$63,79010%Master'sMuch faster than averageCommunity and Social Service
Reporter/Correspondent$46,270$24,520$117,170-11%Bachelor'sDeclineMedia and Communication
Respiratory Therapists$61,330$44,850$86,98019%Associate'sMuch faster than averageHealthcare
Sales Engineer$103,900$59,180$174,2706%Bachelor'sFaster than averageSales
Sales Manager$126,640$59,810$208,0004%Bachelor'sas fast as averageManagement
School Principal$96,400$63,070$148,6304%Master'sAs fast as averageManagement
School/Career Counselor$57,040$34,380$96,0908%Master'sMuch faster than averageCommunity and Social Service
Social Worker$50,470$31,790$82,54013%Master'sMuch faster than averageCommunity and Social Service
Social/Community Service Manager$67,150$41,220$112,48017%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageManagement
Sociologist$83,420$46,920$141,7704%Master'sAs fast as averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Software Developer$107,510$64,240$164,59022%Bachelor'sMuch faster than averageComputer and Information Technology
Special Education Teachers$61,030$40,730$98,5303%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageEducation
Speech/Language Pathologist$79,120$49,840$121,26025%Master'sMuch faster than averageHealthcare
SurgeonHealthcare
Surgical Technologists$48,300$33,420$71,4007%Postsecondary Non-Degree AwardFaster than averageHealthcare
Survey Researcher$59,170$32,150$108,860-4%Master'sDeclineLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Surveyor$63,420$36,110$104,8502%Bachelor'sSlower than averageEngineering and Architecture
Tax Examiner/Collector$54,890$33,090$101,780-4%Bachelor'sDeclineBusiness & Finance
Technical Writer$72,850$44,320$117,2507%Bachelor'sFaster than averageMedia and Communication
Training/Development Manager$113,350$64,720$196,0707%Bachelor'sFaster than averageManagement
Urban Planner$74,350$45,850$116,28011%Master'sMuch faster than averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
Veterinarian$95,460$58,080$160,78016%DoctoralMuch faster than averageHealthcare
Veterinary Technologists & Technicians$35,320$24,530$51,23016%Associate'sMuch faster than averageHealthcare
Web Developer/Digital Designer$73,760$39,550$142,0808%Associate'sMuch faster than averageComputer and Information Technology
Writer/Author$63,200$33,660$122,450-2%Bachelor'sDeclineMedia and Communication
Zoologist/Wildlife Biologist$63,270$38,880$101,7804%Bachelor'sAs fast as averageLife, Phyiscal, and Social Science
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