Best Schools For Humanities Majors by Salary Potential

Interested in a humanities degree but not sure where to go? Learn more about the best undergrad schools for humanities majors by salary.

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Rank 
School Name 
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
1$61,800$135,800

1Union College (New York)
Early Career Pay$61,800
Mid-Career Pay$135,800
2$63,300$129,700

2Dartmouth College
Early Career Pay$63,300
Mid-Career Pay$129,700
3$67,700$127,100

3United States Naval Academy
Early Career Pay$67,700
Mid-Career Pay$127,100
4$66,700$126,900

4United States Air Force Academy
Early Career Pay$66,700
Mid-Career Pay$126,900
5$66,600$126,200

5Princeton University
Early Career Pay$66,600
Mid-Career Pay$126,200
6$63,800$126,000

6Harvard University
Early Career Pay$63,800
Mid-Career Pay$126,000
7$58,700$125,700

7Cornell University
Early Career Pay$58,700
Mid-Career Pay$125,700
8$56,200$124,600

8University of Notre Dame
Early Career Pay$56,200
Mid-Career Pay$124,600
9$64,000$123,800

9Yale University
Early Career Pay$64,000
Mid-Career Pay$123,800
10$60,900$123,100

10Columbia University in the City of New York
Early Career Pay$60,900
Mid-Career Pay$123,100
11$63,200$122,900

11Colgate University
Early Career Pay$63,200
Mid-Career Pay$122,900
12$74,500$122,300

12United States Military Academy
Early Career Pay$74,500
Mid-Career Pay$122,300
13$56,800$121,100

13Lafayette College
Early Career Pay$56,800
Mid-Career Pay$121,100
14$54,500$120,800

14Lehigh University
Early Career Pay$54,500
Mid-Career Pay$120,800
15$56,600$120,300

15Wesleyan University
Early Career Pay$56,600
Mid-Career Pay$120,300
16$59,400$118,900

16Duke University
Early Career Pay$59,400
Mid-Career Pay$118,900
17$54,200$118,500

17Pomona College
Early Career Pay$54,200
Mid-Career Pay$118,500
18$59,100$117,700

18Brown University
Early Career Pay$59,100
Mid-Career Pay$117,700
18$56,200$117,700

18College of the Holy Cross
Early Career Pay$56,200
Mid-Career Pay$117,700
20$49,500$117,200

20North Park University
Early Career Pay$49,500
Mid-Career Pay$117,200
21$61,500$117,000

21University of Pennsylvania
Early Career Pay$61,500
Mid-Career Pay$117,000
22$57,100$116,600

22Virginia Military Institute
Early Career Pay$57,100
Mid-Career Pay$116,600
23$56,800$115,900

23Santa Clara University
Early Career Pay$56,800
Mid-Career Pay$115,900
24$55,600$115,200

24Middlebury College
Early Career Pay$55,600
Mid-Career Pay$115,200
25$55,300$114,900

25Boston College
Early Career Pay$55,300
Mid-Career Pay$114,900
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Who says English majors can’t earn a decent paycheck? In fact, for some schools, humanities majors actually earn a higher median salary than the median salary of all the school’s graduates overall. If you want to earn a degree in literature, philosophy, a foreign language or any other humanities subject, the colleges and universities included in the PayScale College Salary Report’s list of best schools for humanities majors will help inform your decision about which school to attend.

The salaries of humanities majors have some of the biggest growth over time, mostly because the early career salaries of most humanities majors are lower than those of people who studied computer science or engineering, or other STEM subjects. However, graduates who studied the humanities at several humanities schools often report median mid-career salaries over $100,000.

A bachelor’s degree in the humanities can equip you with everything you need for a successful career. Humanities majors become adept at writing, critical thinking, analysis and verbal communication. However, you can increase your earning potential by taking advantage of non-humanities classes that compliment your intended career path, whether that means picking up technical skills or mathematical skills like statistics.


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