Maths degrees pay

Journal name:
Nature
Volume:
501,
Page:
451
Date published:
DOI:
doi:10.1038/nj7467-451c
Published online

Holders of maths master's degree earn more than chemists or biologists.

US holders of master's degrees in maths earn more than those with degrees in biology or chemistry, finds a report, Higher Education Pays. Research firm College Measures in Rockville, Maryland, analysed first-year salaries for 15,118 master's holders in various fields from 2006 to 2011. Maths graduates typically earned US$49,280–$59,113, whereas biology graduates earned $35,788–$40,561 and chemistry graduates $47,045–$49,421. The numbers, says College Measures president Mark Schneider, imply high demand for mathematical problem-solving skills.

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