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$77,170 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Education Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many education graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 150,453
Bachelor’s Degree 88,464
Graduate Certificate 24,299
Associate’s Degree 16,417
Doctor’s Degree 13,040
Basic Certificate 9,158
Undergraduate Certificate 4,383

What Education Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to education were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Education Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Education Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to education:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Abilities for Education Majors

As you progress with your education degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Education Major?

People with a education degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Adapted Physical Education Specialists 9.9% $56,680
Agricultural Sciences Professors 7.9% $84,640
Anthropology and Archeology Professors 9.9% $83,940
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Professors 10.4% $74,440
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 12.0% $69,960
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Professors 9.9% $90,860
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists 8.8% $49,600
Biological Science Professors 15.1% $82,550
Business Professors 18.0% $83,960
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School 7.1% $59,230
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School 6.4% $60,250
Chemistry Professors 9.9% $79,550
Coaches and Scouts 12.9% $33,780
Computer Science Professors 8.1% $82,220
Distance Learning Coordinators 10.7% $82,850
Economics Professors 10.9% $101,480
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 7.9% $95,310
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program 10.8% $47,940
Education Professors 10.3% $64,780
Education, Training, and Library Workers 10.8% $42,080
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 12.6% $56,310
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 7.4% $58,230
English Language and Literature Professors 9.8% $66,590
Environmental Science Professors 10.1% $79,910
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 10.7% $82,850
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10.0% $39,820
Foreign Language and Literature Professors 11.7% $67,640
Forestry & Conservation Science Professors 4.5% $86,900
Geography Professors 8.0% $80,350
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
History Professors 10.4% $74,590
Home Economics Professors 8.6% $71,380
Instructional Coordinators 10.5% $64,450
Instructional Designers and Technologists 10.5% $64,450
Interpreters and Translators 17.7% $49,930
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 8.0% $55,470
Librarians 9.0% $59,050
Mathematical Science Professors 9.4% $73,230
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $58,600
Physics Postsecondary Professors 10.2% $90,800
Political Science Professors 10.4% $83,370
Postsecondary Education Administrators 10.1% $94,340
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 10.5% $29,780
Psychology Professors 15.1% $76,710
Recreation and Fitness Studies Professors 9.7% $62,620
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 16.2% $38,720
Social Sciences Professors 9.8% $71,600
Sociology Professors 9.5% $74,140
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 7.4% $59,390
Special Education Teachers, Middle School 7.2% $60,250
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 11.3% $55,840
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School 7.4% $60,600
Teacher Assistants 8.4% $26,970
Transportation Planners 6.7% $81,340
Tutors 9.9% NA
Vocational Education Professors 1.4% $53,120

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Education?

88,464 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
82% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 82% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of education majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Education Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,295
Black or African American 6,126
Hispanic or Latino 9,972
White 63,743
International Students 1,050
Other Races/Ethnicities 5,278

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Education, too. About 1.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Education Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in education was $34,400 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $30,800 (25th percentile) and $37,500 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to education so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Education majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $61,530 to $91,330 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with education require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for education careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 2.8%
Some College Courses 2.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 22.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.9%
Master’s Degree 26.3%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.9%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.4%
Doctoral Degree 28.8%
Post-Doctoral Training 5.4%

Online Education Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 2,403 schools offered some type of education program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 737 131
Certificate (1-2 years) 539 72
Certificate (2-4 Years) 21 0
Associate’s Degree 1,581 228
Bachelor’s Degree 2,120 592
Post-Baccalaureate 737 131
Master’s Degree 8,059 2,181
Post-Master’s 1,293 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1,361 198
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 57 9
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 46 6

Is a Degree in Education Worth It?

The median salary for a education grad is $77,170 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 93% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $745,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to education.

Major Number of Grads
Social Sciences 199,576
Psychology 175,257
Communication & Journalism 120,570
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 60,305
History 32,644
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 14,883
Library Science 5,996

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