Should you pick your degree based on future salary?

After graduation, kinesiology graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $67,406, while the bottom 20% make closer to $27,897. The median grad salary is $43,364.

Kinesiology graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology is $29,030, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $45,156.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for kinesiology graduates

The highest paying career for kinesiology graduates is personal trainer, with top salaries averaging around $42,212.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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