Foreign Languages & Linguistics

2021 Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates

24,008 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,955 Avg Salary
$21,628 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics School for You

Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 24,008 people earned their bachelor's in foreign languages and linguistics, making the major the #21 most popular in the United States. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates ranking, we looked at 206 colleges that offer a bachelor's in foreign languages and linguistics.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after 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 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduation, foreign languages and linguistics majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $28,955 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 27% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates from Schools Nationwide  28,955
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Grads in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid foreign languages and linguistics majors.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid foreign languages and linguistics school. Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Princeton.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our rankings recognize University of Notre Dame as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid foreign languages and linguistics school. Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Lewisburg.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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New Jersey City University

Jersey City, NJ

Our rankings recognize New Jersey City University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Jersey City, NJCU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid foreign languages and linguistics school. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public school located in the city of College Station.

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St Lawrence University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Canton, St. Lawrence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#6

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Medford.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our rankings recognize Stanford University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford.

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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize University of Pennsylvania as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Rhode Island comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Kingston, URI is a public college with a large student population.

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#8

University of Portland

Portland, OR

University of Portland comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. University of Portland is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Portland.

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#8

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Kenyon College earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Kenyon is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Gambier.

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Our rankings recognize University of Southern California as the #9 school in this year's rankings. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#10

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#10

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Our rankings recognize Georgetown University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Columbia University in the City of New York earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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#11

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence.

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Gallaudet University

Washington, DC

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Gallaudet University. Gallaudet is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA

Central Washington University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. CWU is a large public school located in the town of Ellensburg.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Methodist University. Located in the suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates

#29

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates award.

Rank College Location
31 University of Houston Houston, TX
32 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
33 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
34 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
35 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
36 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
37 Winona State University Winona, MN
38 Clemson University Clemson, SC
39 Fordham University Bronx, NY
40 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
41 Illinois State University Normal, IL

Foreign Languages & Linguistics by Region

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Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 12,532
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 5,739
East Asian Languages 1,708
Classical Languages & Literature 1,205
Germanic Languages 1,148

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 94,501
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 45,514
English Language & Literature 42,686
Philosophy & Religious Studies 12,372
Theology & Religious Vocations 10,962

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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 John Stephen Dwyer.

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