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$76,990 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Liberal Arts & Humanities Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many liberal arts / sciences and humanities graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 398,527
Undergraduate Certificate 65,701
Bachelor’s Degree 45,739
Basic Certificate 3,883
Master’s Degree 2,484
Graduate Certificate 327
Doctor’s Degree 93

What Can You Do With a Liberal Arts & Humanities Major?

People with a liberal arts / sciences and humanities degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Professors 9.4% $65,660

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts & Humanities?

45,739 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
64% Percent Women
37% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 64% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,559
Black or African American 6,694
Hispanic or Latino 6,562
White 25,702
International Students 1,023
Other Races/Ethnicities 4,199

Geographic Diversity

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities appeals to people across the globe. About 2.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Liberal Arts & Humanities Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities was $30,200 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $26,400 (25th percentile) and $33,900 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to liberal arts / sciences and humanities so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Liberal Arts / Sciences and Humanities majors often go into careers with median salaries of $76,990. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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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Online Liberal Arts & Humanities Programs

In 2017-2018, 2,257 schools offered a liberal arts / sciences and humanities program of some type. 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) 149 29
Certificate (1-2 years) 291 65
Certificate (2-4 Years) 13 4
Associate’s Degree 2,217 772
Bachelor’s Degree 45 9
Post-Baccalaureate 149 29
Master’s Degree 243 41
Post-Master’s 19 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 24 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Liberal Arts & Humanities Worth It?

The median salary for a liberal arts / sciences and humanities grad is $76,990 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 $741,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

Major Number of Grads
Visual & Performing Arts 154,258
English Language & Literature 57,989
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 34,883
Theology & Religious Vocations 31,559
Philosophy & Religious Studies 16,163

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