How Much Do Employers Pay a Liberal Arts Major?

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Starting salaries for the Class of 2013 continue to climb as the job market for college graduates improves.

The average starting salary for a new college graduate earning a bachelor's degree is $44,928--up 5 percent over the average starting salary earned by members of the Class of 2012, according to a new study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Generally, however, for humanities and social science majors, the average salary is $37,058.

(NOTE: Remember, the overall average is pulled upward by graduates with technical majors)

Here's how that plays out for some graduates with a humanities degree:
2013 April Salary Survey - Humanities
Source: April 2013 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder. 

Where Are Liberal Arts Majors Finding Jobs?

If you're a new English or history graduate--or you majored in one of the other humanities--you may be headed for the work force. Below are the top five industries taking entry-level hires from the Class of 2013, the majors they are hiring from, and the average salary new hires are being paid.

Top-Hiring Industries and Top Majors Hired:

Industry 

2013 Average Salary 

Educational Services   
English $39,200
History $40,300
Liberal Arts $42,000

Healthcare and Social Assistance
 
 
English $35,200
Sociology $33,600

Federal, State, and Local Governments
 
 
English $44,000
History $55,100
Psychology $41,300

 

Source: April 2013 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder. 

Article Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. 


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