4. Chemical Engineering
75th Percentile Starting Pay: $70,600
Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K: 10 to 12
Chemistry is at the root of just about everything, so getting a degree in chemical engineering doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll work in a laboratory environment. Graduates with this degree work not only in chemical manufacturing and R&D, but also in fields as diverse as medicine, architecture, green industries and food processing. The top 25 percent can expect salaries of $117,000 a year after 10 to 12 years.