What’s It Worth?: The Economic Value of College Majors details the relationships between major, gender, race/ethnicity, attending graduate school, and earnings.

Key Findings


At the extreme, the highest earning major earns 314 percent more at the median than the lowest-earning major at the
median.


The data by sex, race, and ethnicity shows that inequality continues; African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, and other races have lower annual earnings than their White counterparts with the same college major.


Women make less than men in all majors except three.


At the low end, median earnings for Early Childhood Education majors are $36,000, while Petroleum Engineering majors see median earnings of $120,000.

Full Report

We’ve always been able to say how much a Bachelor’s degree is worth in general. Now, we show what each Bachelor’s degree major is worth.

What’s It Worth?: The Economic Value of College Majors finds that different undergraduate majors result in very different earnings. At the low end, median earnings for Early Childhood Education majors are $36,000, while Petroleum Engineering majors see median earnings of $120,000.

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