According to the 2009 report, graduates with engineering degrees get paid the bigger bucks in their careers. Graduates with degrees in areas such as social work, theology, music and education get the short end of the stick when it comes to salaries.
Along with specific degrees, the schools also figure into potential salaries of graduates, PayScale said. Graduates from schools in California and the northeastern part of the country typically tend to be the highest paid, while graduates from schools in the South and the Midwest rank lower down the salary list.
For the report, PayScale said it gathered its information from full-time employees in the U.S. who had only a bachelor’s degree. Careers that require advanced degrees, such as law or medicine, are not included in the report.
Self-employed, project-based and contract employees are not included. For example, project-based graphic designers and architects, and nearly all small business owners and novelists, are not included.
The salaries used represent the median, which means that half of employees will earn more than this salary, while half will earn less.
For more information about the study, go to PayScale.com/best-colleges/.
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