The highest-paying majors at 15 of the best-value colleges in the US

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These majors at the best colleges for your money give you the most bang for your buck.
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You expend a lot of time and money when you pursue a college education, so it’s not a bad idea to ensure that the investment is worth it.

While the return on your financial investment shouldn’t be your only consideration when deciding on what major to pursue, it’s certainly important, especially if you don’t want to take out loans you won’t be able to pay back.

PayScale helps put all that into better perspective with its recent Return on Investment (ROI) Report.

To compile the report, PayScale analyzed data collected from employees who successfully completed PayScale’s employee survey.

To calculate the ROI, PayScale looked at the investment in each college, which includes the cost of attending, as calculated by the cost for a graduate in 2015, on and off campus, and then looked at the 20-year return for each college, which is the expected future income stream. (Click here to read more about the methodology.)

Of the schools that provide the best monetary return for their on-campus students, here are the majors that see the highest 20-year return at each:

Some colleges are not on this list because PayScale only includes those schools for which there is enough data from alumni with a particular major.


Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: Engineering

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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology/Facebook

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $225,000

Net 20 year ROI for engineering majors: $669,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $769,000

Graduation rate: 72%


Kettering University: Engineering

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Kettering University/Facebook

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $199,000

Net 20 year ROI for engineering majors: $705,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $785,000

Graduation rate: 57%


Babson College: Business

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Babson College/Facebook

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $238,000

Net 20 year ROI for business majors: $756,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $794,000

Graduation rate: 90%


Colorado School of Mines (out-of-state): Engineering

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Colorado School of Mines/Facebook

Type of school: Public

Total cost: $181,000

Net 20 year ROI for engineering majors: $763,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $783,000

Graduation rate: 76%


Missouri University of Science and Technology (in-state): Engineering

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Missouri University of Science and Technology/Facebook

Type of school: Public

Total cost: $87,500

Net 20 year ROI for engineering majors: $766,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $756,000

Graduation rate: 63%


Stevens Institute of Technology: Engineering

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Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $239,000

Net 20 year ROI for engineering majors: $785,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $781,000

Graduation rate: 82%


Colorado School of Mines (in-state): Engineering

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Colorado School of Mines/Facebook

Type of school:Public

Total cost: $118,000

Net 20 year ROI for engineering majors: $826,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $846,000

Graduation rate: 76%


Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Computer science and math

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Facebook

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $228,000

Net 20 year ROI for computer science and math majors: $896,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $776,000

Graduation rate: 85%


Georgia Institute of Technology (out-of-state): Computer science and math

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Facebook/georgiatech

Type of school: Public

Total cost: $168,000

Net 20 year ROI for computer science and math majors: $913,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $756,000

Graduation rate: 82%


University of Pennsylvania: Business

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $243,000

Net 20 year ROI for business majors: $951,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $760,000

Graduation rate: 96%


Georgia Institute of Technology (in-state): Computer science and math

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Georgia Tech/Facebook

Type of school:Public

Total cost: $91,500

Net 20 year ROI for computer science and math majors: $989,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $833,000

Graduation rate: 82%


Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Computer science and math

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MIT/Facebook

Type of school:Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $232,000

Net 20 year ROI for computer science and math majors: $1,070,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $972,000

Graduation rate: 91%


Carnegie Mellon University: Computer science and math

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Flickr/Miles Gehm

Type of school:Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $243,000

Net 20 year ROI for computer science and math majors: $1,110,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $811,000

Graduation rate: 88%


University of California at Berkeley (in-state): Computer science and math

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Type of school: Public

Total cost: $133,000

Net 20 year ROI for computer science and math majors: $1,320,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $806,000

Graduation rate: 91%


Stanford University: Computer science and math

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Type of school: Private not-for-profit

Total cost: $240,000

Net 20 year ROI for computer science and math majors: $1,570,000

Overall net 20 year ROI: $854,000

Graduation rate: 95%