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2021 Highest Paid Health & Physical Education Graduates

48,130 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,962 Avg Salary
$23,980 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Health & Physical Education School for You

Highest Paid Health & Physical Education GraduatesHealth & Physical Education is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 9th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 48,130 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Phys Ed Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

This year's Highest Paid Health & Physical Education Graduates ranking analyzed 400 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in phys ed.

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 Health & Physical Education Majors Make After Graduation?

The average health and physical education major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $27,962 per year during the early years of their career. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 30% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Phys Ed Graduates from Schools Nationwide  27,962
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Health & Physical Education Grads in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid health and physical education majors.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Phys Ed Graduates

Southern Methodist University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas. Phys Ed majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $45,600.

Phys Ed majors at SMU take out an average of $18,863 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 $202.

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University of Houston - Clear Lake earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Houston, University of Houston - Clear Lake is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, phys ed majors make an average salary of $39,500.

On average, phys ed graduates from University of Houston - Clear Lake take out $17,237 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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United States Military Academy comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. West Point is a small public school located in the town of West Point.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public college with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in phys ed from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $39,000.

The average amount in student loans that phys ed majors at U of Michigan take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,363. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $175, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Southern California earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Citadel Military College of South Carolina comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Charleston, The Citadel is a public school with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in phys ed from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $39,000.

While working on their bachelor's, phys ed majors at The Citadel accumulate an average of around $23,930 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $271, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. Students who receive their bachelor's in phys ed from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $39,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, phys ed graduates from UMass Amherst carry an average student debtload of $21,647. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $241, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

Our rankings recognize Simpson College as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Indianola, Simpson College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in phys ed from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $38,300.

Phys Ed majors at Simpson College take out an average of $26,630 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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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of Florida as the #7 school in this year's rankings. U of F is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville. Students who receive their bachelor's in phys ed from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $37,900.

While working on their bachelor's, phys ed majors at U of F accumulate an average of around $18,919 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $200.

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#8

University of Florida-Online

Gainesville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of Florida-Online as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, University of Florida-Online is a public college with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in phys ed from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $37,900.

The average amount in student loans that phys ed majors at University of Florida-Online take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,919. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $200.

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San Jose State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. San Jose State is a very large public school located in the large city of San Jose. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in phys ed from the school is $37,600.

Phys Ed majors at San Jose State take out an average of $16,975 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, phys ed majors make an average salary of $37,300.

On average, phys ed graduates from Rice take out $10,592 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 $83.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid health and physical education school. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Phys Ed majors at University of Virginia take out an average of $19,466 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 $213.

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American Public University System comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in phys ed from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $36,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, phys ed graduates from American Military University carry an average student debtload of $26,142. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $266.

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Maryville University of Saint Louis earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Maryville U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, phys ed majors make an average salary of $36,600.

The average amount in student loans that phys ed majors at Maryville U take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,362. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $246, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Louisiana College

Pineville, LA

Our rankings recognize Louisiana College as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Pineville, Louisiana College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in phys ed from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $36,500.

Phys Ed majors at Louisiana College take out an average of $26,956 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $278, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid health and physical education school. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo.

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#14

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Our rankings recognize Endicott College as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Beverly. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, phys ed majors make an average salary of $36,400.

The average amount in student loans that phys ed majors at Endicott take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,613. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, ND

Dickinson State University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Dickinson, DSU is a public college with a small student population. Phys Ed majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $36,000.

On average, phys ed graduates from DSU take out $21,319 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 $257.

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Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

Seton Hall University earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of South Orange, Seton Hall is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in phys ed from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $35,900.

The average amount in student loans that phys ed majors at Seton Hall take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,115. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $239, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Carolina is a public school with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in phys ed from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $35,900.

On average, phys ed graduates from Carolina take out $20,520 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 $223.

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The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the town of Brookings. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in phys ed from the school is $35,800.

Phys Ed majors at South Dakota State take out an average of $23,798 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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Our rankings recognize University of Central Arkansas as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Conway, University of Central Arkansas is a public college with a fairly large student population. Phys Ed majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $35,400.

On average, phys ed graduates from University of Central Arkansas take out $26,786 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $277, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Our rankings recognize University of Utah as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public school with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in phys ed from the school is $35,300.

On average, phys ed graduates from U of U take out $19,823 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $205, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#21

Stetson University

DeLand, FL

Stetson University earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of DeLand, Stetson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, phys ed majors make an average salary of $35,200.

The average amount in student loans that phys ed majors at Stetson take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,366. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Health & Physical Education Graduates

#27

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH
#29

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#29

George Fox University

Newberg, OR
#30

Northwood University

Midland, MI
#31

Marian University

Fond Du Lac, WI
#32

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX
#34

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#34

Davenport University

Grand Rapids, MI
#38

Springfield College

Springfield, MA
#42

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA
#43

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA
#44

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA
#45

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL
#48

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Health & Physical Education Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 400 different United States health and physical education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
49 Ball State University Muncie, IN
50 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
50 Grand View University Des Moines, IA
51 Seattle University Seattle, WA
51 Eastern Oregon University La Grande, OR
52 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
52 Wartburg College Waverly, IA
53 Norwich University Northfield, VT
53 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
54 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
55 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
55 Bluffton University Bluffton, OH
56 Iowa State University Ames, IA
57 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
57 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
58 Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
58 Auburn University at Montgomery Montgomery, AL
59 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
60 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
61 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
66 Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Phys Ed students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Health & Physical Education Graduates award.

Rank College Location
61 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
62 Aquinas College Michigan Grand Rapids, MI
63 Washington State University Pullman, WA
64 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
65 CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
66 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
67 Concordia University - Wisconsin Mequon, WI
68 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
69 Concordia University - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
70 University of Northwestern - St Paul Saint Paul, MN
71 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
72 Adrian College Adrian, MI
73 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
74 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
75 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
76 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
76 Willamette University Salem, OR
77 Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT
78 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
79 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
79 Biola University La Mirada, CA
80 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
81 CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
82 Luther College Decorah, IA
86 Morehouse College Atlanta, GA

Health & Physical Education by Region

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Region
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New England
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 4 majors within the Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies area of study, Health & Physical Education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Recreation Administration 3,042
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 2,956
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 138
Outdoor Education 119

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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).

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