After earning their diploma, two-thirds of high school graduates attend college. Many hope a college education will help them land a better and higher-paying job than they would have been able to obtain without a degree. Bachelor’s degree recipients earn about 66% more than high school graduates — but even among the college educated, compensation depends heavily on field of study.
There are more than two dozen degree fields in which graduates — those with a bachelor’s degree or higher — earn more than $80,000 per year on average. At the other end of the spectrum, there are about as many degree fields for which the average salary is lower than $40,000 per year.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the U.S. Census Bureau on the average earnings of college graduates by field of study to determine the highest and lowest paying college majors.
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