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2021 Highest Paid Area Studies Graduates in Michigan

113 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,900 Avg Salary
$14,817 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Area Studies Graduates in MichiganArea Studies is the #92 most popular major in Michigan with 113 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 2.2% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Area Studies Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Salaries of Area Studies Majors After Graduation

After graduation, area studies majors from schools in Michigan earn an average salary of $32,900 per year. Unfortunately, that is 17% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

The national average salary for area studies bachelor's degree holders is $32,162. That's pretty close to the average for students who get their degree from a school in Michigan.

Average Salary for Area Studies Graduates from Schools in Michigan  32,900
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65,800
Average Salary for Area Studies Graduates from Schools Nationwide  32,162
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65,800
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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65,800

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2021 Highest Paid Area Studies Grads in Michigan

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid area studies majors.

Best Schools for Highly Paid Area Studies Graduates in Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, area studies majors make an average salary of $32,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, area studies graduates from U of Michigan carry an average student debtload of $15,072. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $154, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wayne State University. Located in the large city of Detroit, Wayne State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Area Studies majors at Wayne State take out an average of $30,236 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Michigan - Dearborn. UM Dearborn is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Dearborn.

The average amount in student loans that area studies majors at UM Dearborn take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,439.

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#4

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid area studies school. Located in the city of Grand Rapids, Calvin is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#5

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Oakland is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Rochester Hills.

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#6

Hope College

Holland, MI

Our rankings recognize Hope College as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Holland, Hope is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#7

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo College earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. K College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Kalamazoo.

The average amount in student loans that area studies majors at K College take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,240.

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Siena Heights University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Adrian, Siena Heights University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, area studies graduates from Siena Heights University take out $16,223 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Grand Valley State University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Allendale.

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Best Area Studies Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Area Studies Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 246 187
Illinois 231 102
Indiana 227 69
Wisconsin 209 50

Area Studies is one of 1 different types of Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Area Studies

Related Major Annual Graduates
Ethnic Studies 155

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Karl Udo Gerth.

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