• Class of 2014: Top-Paid Liberal Arts Majors

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    May 14, 2014

    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 NACE’s April 2014 Salary Survey.

    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.