US PhDs in engineering, math earn twice as much as arts PhDs

December 15, 2015

A new study published by the academic journal Science has examined the economic impact of doctoral study by tracking more than 3,000 graduates from eight Midwestern research universities. The study found that graduates in engineering, math, and computer science earned around $65 K annually within one year of graduation, more than double the roughly $25 K earned by arts and humanities doctorates. It also found that more than 40% of PhD recipients from the former group were employed by private industry. The study is “one of the first to use hard data to provide direct evidence of some of the benefits” of research universities, according to Association of American Universities (AAU) President Hunter Rawlings. Times Higher Education | TheScientist | Vox | Full Study