This 1s an interesting list of the top 20 and I swell with pride that my step-granddaughter has not only been the first in her family to go to college but is studying civil engineering, #12 on the list. The top earning specialization out of college is for Physician Assistants, with a median starting salary of $74,300. The downside of this degree is that earning potential levels out quickly, only showing a 23.4% increase in earning power 10 years in. In contrast, the biggest increases in earning power go to Math, Philosophy, Economics, Marketing, Physics, Political Science, and International Relations majors. All these degrees see a 90% or higher increase from median starting salary to median mid-career salary. More @ Which College Degrees Get The Highest Salaries?