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2021 Highest Paid Human Development & Family Studies Graduates

13,218 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,141 Avg Salary
$24,303 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Human Development & Family Studies GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, human development and family studies was ranked #37. In fact, 13,218 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. The human development school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid Human Development Graduates.

This year's Highest Paid Human Development & Family Studies Graduates ranking analyzed 118 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in human development.

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.

How Much Do Human Development & Family Studies Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduation, human development and family studies majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $28,141 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 29% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Human Development Graduates from Schools Nationwide  28,141
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Human Development & Family Studies Grads in the United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid human development graduates.

Top 23 Best Schools for Highly Paid Human Development Graduates

Our rankings recognize University of the District of Columbia as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Washington, University of the District of Columbia is a public school with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, human development majors make an average salary of $36,600.

While working on their bachelor's, human development majors at University of the District of Columbia accumulate an average of around $27,499 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $228, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - East Bay landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid human development and family studies school. California State University - East Bay is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Hayward. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in human development from the school is $36,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, human development graduates from California State University - East Bay carry an average student debtload of $18,918. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $199.

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#3

Pacific Oaks College

Pasadena, CA

Pacific Oaks College comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Pacific Oaks College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena. Human Development majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $36,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, human development graduates from Pacific Oaks College carry an average student debtload of $23,435. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Cornell University. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca. Students who receive their bachelor's in human development from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $35,400.

Human Development majors at Cornell take out an average of $15,207 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $152.

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Bowie State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Bowie, Bowie State University is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in human development from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $34,900.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at Bowie State University take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,586. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $263, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid human development and family studies school. Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

After completing their bachelor's degree, human development graduates from Vanderbilt carry an average student debtload of $18,664.

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Our rankings recognize North Dakota State University - Main Campus as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in human development from the school is $34,200.

On average, human development graduates from North Dakota State University take out $22,505 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. U of H is a fairly large public school located in the city of Houston. Human Development majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $33,700.

On average, human development graduates from U of H take out $25,229 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $264.

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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Syracuse is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse.

On average, human development graduates from Syracuse take out $25,412 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Lubbock. Human Development majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $33,700.

On average, human development graduates from Texas Tech take out $23,694 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $248.

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Anderson University Indiana earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Anderson, Anderson University Indiana is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their bachelor's degree, human development graduates from Anderson University Indiana carry an average student debtload of $25,916. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $274.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid human development and family studies school. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign. Human Development majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $33,300.

While working on their bachelor's, human development majors at UIUC accumulate an average of around $20,696 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $219, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Brookings. Human Development majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $32,500.

Human Development majors at South Dakota State take out an average of $24,568 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $267.

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Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Lamar University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Lamar University is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Beaumont.

While working on their bachelor's, human development majors at Lamar University accumulate an average of around $39,484 in student debt.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program. Warner Pacific College ADP is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Portland. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in human development from the school is $32,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, human development graduates from Warner Pacific College ADP carry an average student debtload of $31,195. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $288, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Howard University

Washington, DC

Howard University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Washington, Howard is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at Howard take out while working on their bachelor's is $27,398. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $266.

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Warner Pacific College

Portland, OR

Warner Pacific College comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Warner Pacific is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Portland. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in human development from the school is $32,300.

While working on their bachelor's, human development majors at Warner Pacific accumulate an average of around $31,195 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $288, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

Sonoma State University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. SSU is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Rohnert Park. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, human development majors make an average salary of $32,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, human development graduates from SSU carry an average student debtload of $18,839. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $200.

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University of Maryland - College Park landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid human development and family studies school. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public college with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, human development majors make an average salary of $32,000.

The average amount in student loans that human development majors at UMCP take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,391. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Madison. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the city of Madison. Students who receive their bachelor's in human development from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $31,600.

While working on their bachelor's, human development majors at Wisconsin accumulate an average of around $19,273 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $204, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ohio University - Main Campus. Located in the town of Athens, Ohio U is a public school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in human development from the school is $31,500.

On average, human development graduates from Ohio U take out $24,021 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $266.

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Whittier College

Whittier, CA

Whittier College comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Whittier, Whittier is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their bachelor's, human development majors at Whittier accumulate an average of around $23,759 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $265, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Connecticut landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid human development and family studies school. UCONN is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Storrs. Human Development majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $31,300.

On average, human development graduates from UCONN take out $22,094 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $238, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Human Development & Family Studies Graduates

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Human Development students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Human Development & Family Studies Graduates award.

Rank College Location
18 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
19 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
20 Meredith College Raleigh, NC
21 Connecticut College New London, CT
21 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
22 Union Institute & University Cincinnati, OH
23 Washington State University Pullman, WA
24 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
25 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA

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  • 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.
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