• Philosophy Projected as Top-Paid Humanities Major for Class of 2016


    CONTACT: Kevin Gray, 610.868.1421, ext. 139
    Andrea Koncz, 610.868.1421, ext. 121
    E-MAIL: kgray@naceweb.org
    akoncz@naceweb.org
    DATE: February 16, 2016
    SUBJECT: Philosophy Projected as Top-Paid Humanities Major for Class of 2016

    BETHLEHEM, PA—Philosophy majors are projected to be the top-paid Class of 2016 humanities graduates at the bachelor's degree level, according to results of a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

    NACE's Winter 2016 Salary Survey found that philosophy majors are projected to earn an average starting salary of $49,000. (See Figure 1.) This is up from last year, when projected salaries for philosophy majors reported in NACE's Winter 2015 Salary Survey averaged $46,067.

    Also expected to surpass the $46,000 mark among this year's graduates are visual and performing arts ($47,600), history ($46,286), and foreign language and literature ($46,083) majors.

    The projections for these majors have all increased from last year as Class of 2015 visual and performing arts majors were expected to earn $47,035, history majors $44,946, and foreign language and literature majors $44,688.

    Figure 1: Projected salaries for Class of 2016 humanities majors, bachelor's degrees

    Academic Major Mean 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
    Philosophy $49,000 $43,000 $48,000 $55,000
    Visual & Performing Arts $47,600 $42,000 $46,000 $50,000
    History $46,286 $40,000 $46,000 $50,500
    Foreign Language & Literature $46,083 $40,000 $43,250 $50,000
    English Language & Literature $45,438 $40,250 $43,500 $48,000
    Liberal Arts/General Studies $45,063 $40,000 $45,000 $50,250
    Source: Winter 2016 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    About Salary Survey: The data contained in NACE's Winter 2016 Salary Survey were obtained by surveying NACE employer members from August 5, 2015, through November 6, 2015. A total of 274 surveys were returned—a 27.4 percent response rate. Of those responding, 14.2 percent of respondents were from the West, 23 percent were from the Northeast, 31 percent were from the Midwest, and 31.8 percent were from the Southeast. An executive summary of the Winter 2016 Salary Survey report is available at www.naceweb.org/salary-resources/salary-survey.aspx.

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