#5 Highest: Statistics
Starting Salary: $52,500
Mid-Career Salary: $98,900
"[People with degrees in] statistics, actuarial mathematics, and applied math do very well, because of this big data world that we're living in now," says Katie Bardaro, lead economist on Payscale's study. "Every company that is worth their salt has an analytics program where they have massive amounts of data, and they need people to cull it and clean it and figure out what's going on with it, and see what kind of business decisions they can make based on it."
A statistics degree can lead to positions in actuarial science, data analysis, economics, policy research, or sales forecasting, reports Michigan State University. According to the American Statistical Association, stat majors can find jobs in industries ranging from law to agriculture to genetics.