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2021 Highest Paid Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Graduates

45,514 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,751 Avg Salary
$23,628 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities School for You

Highest Paid Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities GraduatesLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #14 most popular major in the country with 45,514 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. 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 Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Graduates ranking, we looked at 354 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

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.

Salaries of Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors After Graduation

After graduating, liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $30,751 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 23% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Graduates from Schools Nationwide  30,751
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Grads in United States

Learn more about the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid liberal arts / sciences and humanities graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Graduates

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts / sciences and humanities school. 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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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

Our rankings recognize DePaul University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Our rankings recognize Bentley University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts / sciences and humanities school. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Provo. Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Our rankings recognize St Lawrence University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Canton, St. Lawrence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#4

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts / sciences and humanities school. Located in the city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph's University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts / sciences and humanities school. Located in the city of Philadelphia, St. Joe's is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#5

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to United States Air Force Academy. Located in the town of USAF Academy, USAFA is a public school with a small student population.

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Southern New Hampshire University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts / sciences and humanities school. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Manchester.

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#7

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

Our rankings recognize University of Bridgeport as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Bridgeport, University of Bridgeport is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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Arizona State University - Polytechnic earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. ASU - Polytechnic is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Mesa.

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Our rankings recognize Arizona State University - Skysong as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a very large student population.

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#10

William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

William Jewell College earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Liberty, William Jewell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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#11

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Our rankings recognize Xavier University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Xavier is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cincinnati.

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#12

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Our rankings recognize Belmont University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Nashville, Belmont is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology earned the #13 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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#13

William Peace University

Raleigh, NC

William Peace University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Raleigh, Peace is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#14

Baker College

Flint, MI

Baker College earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Flint, Baker College is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Santa Clara.

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Notre Dame of Maryland University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Baltimore, NDMU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid liberal arts / sciences and humanities school. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Graduates

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Grand View University

Des Moines, IA
#27

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#28

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY
#28

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#29

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#31

The King's College

New York, NY
#31

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#32

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA
#38

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#38

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
#39

Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA
#40

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
#43

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 354 different United States liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
45 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
46 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
47 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
48 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
49 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
50 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
50 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
51 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
52 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
53 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
55 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
57 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
58 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
60 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
61 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
62 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
63 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
65 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
66 University of Delaware Newark, DE

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Graduates award.

Rank College Location
54 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
55 Antioch University - Los Angeles Culver City, CA
56 Antioch University - Midwest Yellow Springs, OH
57 Antioch University - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
58 Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT
59 Antioch University - Seattle Seattle, WA
60 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
61 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
62 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
63 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
64 Neumann University Aston, PA
65 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
66 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
67 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
68 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
68 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
69 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
69 Union University Jackson, TN
70 Drake University Des Moines, IA
70 Simpson College Indianola, IA
71 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
73 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
74 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
76 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
77 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
79 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
81 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
82 Northeastern University Boston, MA
83 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
85 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA
87 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities by Region

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Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 45,514

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Majors Similar to Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 94,501
English Language & Literature 42,686
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 24,008
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 Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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