• Salary Survey: Top-Paid Liberal Arts Majors for the Class of 2013

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    May 1, 2013

    Liberal arts and sciences/general studies and history are the top-paid liberal arts majors for Class of 2013 college graduates, according to results of NACE’s April 2013 Salary Survey.

    Liberal arts and sciences/general studies majors received starting salaries that average $42,300. Educational services was the top-paying industry for these majors with starting salaries that average $42,000. History majors also topped the $40,000 mark by earning an average starting salary of $41,200. Government was the top-paying industry for these majors, with an average starting salary of $44,000.

    English and visual and performing arts majors followed with average starting salaries of $39,800 and $33,400, respectively. Paying salaries that averaged $43,100, government was the top-paying industry for English majors, while visual and performing arts majors earned top pay—an average of $35,300—from employers in manufacturing.

    While Salary Survey doesn’t report all positions obtained for each major, following are some of the job titles for these liberal arts graduates:

    • Liberal arts and sciences/general studies—Teaching positions
    • History—Teaching positions, miscellaneous managers, and paralegals/legal assistants
    • English—Teaching positions; social workers and counselors; miscellaneous managers; and paralegals/legal assistants
    • Visual and performing arts—Teaching positions; producers and directors; artists and related workers; editors, designers, and photographers. 

    With the exception of visual and performing arts, each of the 2013 average starting salaries has gained since the April 2012 Salary Survey, when liberal arts and sciences/general studies majors received starting salaries that averaged $39,700, history majors' average salary was $38,700, and English majors received an average salary of $38,500. Meanwhile, last year at this time, visual and performing arts majors received an average starting salary of $36,400.

    An executive summary of the April 2013 Salary Survey report is available at www.naceweb.org/salary-resources/salary-survey.aspx.

    NACE’s next report on starting salaries for Class of 2013 college graduates will be in the September 2013 issue of Salary Survey. 


Salary Survey: Top-Paid Liberal Arts Majors for the Class of 2013