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3People who majored in engineer-ing had the highest earnings at$92,000 per year. They were alsothe most likely to be employed inthe private sector (78.6 percent).Majors with the lowest overallmedian annual earnings, about$55,000 or less per year, includedsuch ields as visual and perorm-ing arts, communications, educa-tion, and psychology.
The ields o degree associatedwith the highest median earningsor women were the same as thoseor men, with median earnings o
The median earnings or communicationmajors were not statistically diferent thanthe median earnings or psychology majorsor multidisciplinary majors. Also, the medianearnings o those who majored in psychologywere not statistically diferent than those whomajored in multidisciplinary studies.
engineering majors being highestor both. However, women earnedless than men or every ieldo degree.Earnings tended to be higher orall ields o degree among thosewho worked in the private sectorcompared with earnings o thosewho worked in government.
Oneexception was earnings or thosewho majored in education. Full-time, year-round government work-ers who held bachelor’s degrees inthis ield earned $52,000 per year,compared with $47,000 per yearamong those who worked in the
Median earnings or private sectorworkers compared with government workerswere not statistically diferent or those whomajored in multidisciplinary studies, literatureand languages, and communications.
private sector. Education majorswere also the most likely to work ingovernment o all ields o degree.More than hal o all people whomajored in education (55.8 percent)were government employees. Thisis not surprising given that publicschool teachers are classiied asgovernment employees.
Broad Field of Degree,Earnings, and Self-Employment
Figure 1 highlights dierences inearnings by broad ield o degreeor wage and salary workers versuspeople who were sel-employed.It also shows dierences or thesetwo groups between those whosehighest degree was a bachelor’sdegree and those who went on toearn an advanced degree, such as
Median Annual Earnings by Field of Bachelor’s Degree by Class of Workerand Educational Attainment: 2011
(Population 25 years and over, full-time workers. For informationon confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error,and definitions, see
)Note: For more information about the margins of error for this figure, see Appendix Table 2 at the end of this report.Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey.$72,000$62,000$81,000$84,000$38,000$58,000$51,000$46,000$65,000$51,000$44,000$60,000$64,000$81,000$53,000$89,000$96,000$101,000$66,000$52,000
Wage and salary workers, advanced degreeSelf-employed workers, advanced degreeWage and salary workers, bachelor's degreeSelf-employed workers, bachelor's degreeArts, humanities,and otherEducationBusinessScience andengineering-relatedScience andengineering