What the Top 1% of Earners Majored In

The figures are out. The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey college recently released a report on the majors of the top American earners. According to the American Community Survey, the college degrees that give you the best shot at reaching the 1 percent are pre-med, economics, biochemistry, and biology.

We took the data a step further and visually plotted common degrees against common degree programs. What are the chances that certain majors are at the top tier of American earners? And, how does your degree measure up? See the best paying majors come to light in this infographic below…

A special thanks to sources: New York Times,  AGU.org

What the Top 1% of Earners Majored In: Best Paying Majors

While degrees don’t have the final say, there are some trends correlating college majors with the highest earnings.

Plotted Above:

English and Literature degree graduates

Health and Medical degree graduates

Mathematics degree graduates

Economics degree graduates

Accounting degree graduates

Biology degree graduates

Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration degree graduates

Political Sciences degree graduates

Physics degree graduates

Chemistry degree graduates

Chemical Engineering degree graduates

Ethnic Studies degree graduates

History degree graduates

Finance degree graduates

Chances that Certain Professions are in the Top 1%

Lawyers – 1 and 8

Wall Street Lawyers – 1 and 3

CEOs – 1 and 5

Pharmaceutical CEOs – 2 and 5

Medical Supply CEOs – 1 and 4

Hollywood Screenwriters – 1 and 9

Television and Radio Writers – 1 and 14

Newspaper Writers/ Editors – 1 and 62