• Class of 2014: Top-Paid Liberal Arts Majors


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    DATE:May 15, 2014
    SUBJECT:Class of 2014: Top-Paid Liberal Arts Majors

    BETHLEHEM, PA—Majors in languages and literature were the top-paid among Class of 2014 liberal arts 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 April 2014 Salary Survey found that foreign languages and literatures majors earned the highest average starting salary at $46,900, followed by English language and literature letters majors at $42,200. (See Figure 1.)

    Employers hiring foreign languages and literatures majors did so primarily to fill elementary and middle school teaching positions. Meanwhile, employers hired English language and literature letters majors for positions as teachers, editors, writers, managers, paralegals, and legal assistants.

    In all, Class of 2014 graduates in five liberal arts majors earned average starting salaries that exceed $40,000.

    An executive summary of the April 2014 Salary Survey report is available at www.naceweb.org/salary-resources/salary-survey.aspx.

    Figure 1: Starting salaries for Class of 2014 liberal arts majors

    Major Starting Salary
    Foreign Languages and Literatures $46,900
    English Language and Literature Letters $42,200
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/General Studies $41,600
    Political Science/Government $41,600
    History $40,600
    Psychology $37,900
    Social Work $36,700
    Sociology $36,300
    Visual and Performing Arts $36,300
    Criminal Justice and Corrections $36,200

    Source: April 2014 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers. All data are for bachelor's degree graduates.

    About Salary Survey: Salary Survey reports starting salaries for new college graduates in more than 90 disciplines at the bachelor’s-degree level. Data contained in the report are reported by employers, represent accepted starting salaries (not salary offers), and are produced through a compilation of data derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and a master set of data developed by Job Search Intelligence. Data for the April 2014 Salary Survey report were retrieved in February 2014. Salary Survey is published in January, April, and September.

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Class of 2014: Top-Paid Liberal Arts Majors