Everyone has heard the stats: college graduates on average make much more than high school graduates throughout their lifetime. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the median earnings of young adults with bachelor's degrees is $46,900, while the median for high school grads is $30,000.
That means earning a bachelor's degree can net you a 57% increase in wages during your early working years!
However, not all majors reap the same financial benefits.
Getting a degree in education? Your starting pay will be significantly lower than your friend with a degree in engineering. We're not saying you shouldn't study what you're passionate about, but you should be aware of how much money you will likely make in your chosen field.
This is especially important if you are going into a lot of debt to finance your degree (it's difficult to make a $500 monthly student loan payment if your salary is only $31,000 a year).
Here is a list of the 10 lowest paying majors from College Factual. The list utilizes data collected by Pay Scale, based on survey responses from thousands of college graduates. We're counting down to the absolute lowest-paying degree, starting with number ten:
10. Behavioral Science: $33,800
9. Education, General: $33,800
8. Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies: $33,500
7. Radio, Television and Digital Communications: $33,300
6. Culinary Arts: $33,000
5. Human Development, Family Studies and Related Services: $32,700
4. Theological and Ministerial Studies: $32,500
3. Child Development and Psychology: $32,300
2. Social Work: $32,200
1. Animal Science: $31,100
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