Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsSpotlight for Recruiting ProfessionalsMay 14, 2014
Majors in languages and literature were the top-paid among Class of 2014 liberal arts graduates at the bachelor’s degree level, according to results of NACE’s April 2014 Salary Survey.
Foreign languages and literatures majors earned the highest average starting salary at $46,900, followed by English language and literature letters majors at $42,200. (See Figure 1.)
Employers hiring foreign languages and literatures majors did so primarily to fill elementary and middle school teaching positions. Meanwhile, employers hired English language and literature letters majors for positions as teachers, editors, writers, managers, paralegals, and legal assistants.
In all, Class of 2014 graduates in five liberal arts majors earned average starting salaries that exceed $40,000.
An executive summary of the April 2014 Salary Survey report is available at www.naceweb.org/salary-resources/salary-survey.aspx.
Source: April 2014 Salary Survey, National Association
of Colleges and Employers. All data are for bachelor's degree
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