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Salaries by Major at Pacific Lutheran University

How much money do Pacific Lutheran University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $37,200 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $52,300 on average.

In terms of specific areas of study, the following is a ranking of degree programs by the median first-year starting salaries for PLU graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing with a median starting salary of $67,400 followed by Computer and Information Sciences paying $65,700 and Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods graduates who have a median starting income of $43,900 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $87,100 followed by Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) at $58,700 and Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Master's Degree) who earn $53,400 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Pacific Lutheran University graduates who received federal financial aid in the form of grants or loans. Not all graduates or fields of study are represented as data for some degree programs are omitted for privacy purposes.

Median first-year earnings for Pacific Lutheran University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Master's Degree) $87,100
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $67,400
Computer and Information Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $65,700
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $58,700
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Master's Degree) $53,400
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions (Master's Degree) $46,600
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $43,900
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $39,900
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $32,000
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $30,300
Social Work (Bachelorís Degree) $30,100
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $29,900
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $29,700
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $29,200
History (Bachelorís Degree) $24,600
Anthropology (Bachelorís Degree) $23,700
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $23,400
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $21,400
Music (Bachelorís Degree) $18,200

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236230 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Pacific Lutheran University.