1. Petroleum Engineering
75th Percentile Starting Pay: $108,000
Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K: 0 to 3
With the price of petroleum products at a premium, it’s no wonder that people who know how to obtain oil earn high salaries. People with four-year petroleum-engineering degrees work at locating and analyzing reserves, making petroleum available through drilling and other means, refining petroleum, transporting it and more. After 10 to 12 years, 75th percentile earners in this field can expect to make $184,000 a year.