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Top-Paid Humanities Grads: Science, Technology, and Society

Oct 3 2016

Science, technology, and society majors were the top-paid Class of 2015 humanities graduates at the bachelor’s degree level, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey.

These majors earned an average of $55,427. They were followed by economics ($53,488) and sustainability studies ($51,541) majors.

Just four of the humanities majors on this year’s top-paid list—economics, cognitive science, international relations, and philosophy—were also among the top 10 for the Class of 2014. Economics majors received the second highest average starting salary in both 2015 and 2014, with the average climbing nearly $4,500 between the two years. On the other hand, the average starting salary for cognitive science majors—last year’s top-paid humanities major—is down significantly from last year.

For NACE’s Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey, 279 colleges and universities nationwide, representing nearly half a million graduates, provided data for Class of 2015 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree graduates. Overall, data were reported for nearly 244,000 bachelor’s degree graduates in 34 broad disciplines and 185 majors. Detailed results of the survey, which also covered first destinations for associate, master’s, and doctoral degree-level graduates, and details about outcomes by specific major, are available on NACEWeb.