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2021 Highest Paid Political Science & Government Graduates

41,811 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,465 Avg Salary
$22,479 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Political Science & Government School for You

Highest Paid Political Science & Government GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 41,811 people earned their bachelor's in political science and government, making the major the #13 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 Political Science list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Political Science & Government Graduates ranking looked at 376 colleges that offer a bachelor's in political science.

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 Political Science & Government Majors Make After Graduation?

The average political science and government major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $33,465 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 16% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Political Science Graduates from Schools Nationwide  33,465
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Political Science & Government Grads in United States

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid political science and government majors.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Political Science Graduates

#1

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Our rankings recognize Dartmouth College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hanover. Political Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $59,900.

On average, political science graduates from Dartmouth take out $15,261 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 $145.

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#2

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Hamilton. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in political science from the school is $53,200.

On average, political science graduates from Colgate take out $15,569 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 $173.

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United States Naval Academy comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Annapolis is a small public school located in the large suburb of Annapolis.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in political science from the school is $51,800.

While working on their bachelor's, political science majors at Harvard accumulate an average of around $12,238 in student debt.

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United States Military Academy landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid political science and government school. West Point is a small public school located in the fringe town of West Point.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Pennsylvania. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. Students who receive their bachelor's in political science from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $51,100.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at UPenn take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,860. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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#4

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our rankings recognize Stanford University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

On average, political science graduates from Stanford take out $13,377 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 $86.

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Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in political science from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $51,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, political science graduates from Columbia carry an average student debtload of $25,569. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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#6

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin College earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Bowdoin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Brunswick. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, political science majors make an average salary of $50,400.

Political Science majors at Bowdoin take out an average of $17,758 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $168, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY

Hartwick College landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid political science and government school. Located in the town of Oneonta, Hartwick is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, political science graduates from Hartwick take out $25,723 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 $280.

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American Public University System comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in political science from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $50,300.

On average, political science graduates from American Military University take out $28,474 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $276, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Amherst College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, Amherst is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in political science from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $49,500.

Political Science majors at Amherst take out an average of $14,136 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 $125.

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#9

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Haven. Political Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $49,100.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Yale take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,332. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $161, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Southern Methodist University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas. Political Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $49,100.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at SMU take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,464. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $185, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. Political Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $49,100.

Political Science majors at Georgetown take out an average of $13,531 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $158, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Political Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $47,900.

While working on their bachelor's, political science majors at Princeton accumulate an average of around $12,382 in student debt.

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#13

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

United States Air Force Academy comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. USAFA is a small public school located in the town of USAF Academy.

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#13

Duke University

Durham, NC

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Duke University. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham. Political Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $47,400.

After completing their bachelor's degree, political science graduates from Duke carry an average student debtload of $11,776. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $93.

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#14

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in political science from the school is $47,300.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Bucknell take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,989. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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#15

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid political science and government school. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, political science majors make an average salary of $47,200.

Political Science majors at NYU take out an average of $20,039 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 $228.

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#16

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. Political Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $47,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, political science graduates from Notre Dame carry an average student debtload of $17,271. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $197, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northwestern University. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Political Science majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $47,000.

The average amount in student loans that political science majors at Northwestern U take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,052. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $155.

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#18

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Hamilton College. Located in the suburb of Clinton, Hamilton is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in political science from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $46,800.

After completing their bachelor's degree, political science graduates from Hamilton carry an average student debtload of $18,157. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $188, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pepperdine University. Pepperdine is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Malibu.

While working on their bachelor's, political science majors at Pepperdine accumulate an average of around $23,292 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $254.

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University of Maryland - University College comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. University of Maryland - University College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Adelphi. Students who receive their bachelor's in political science from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $46,500.

While working on their bachelor's, political science majors at University of Maryland - University College accumulate an average of around $19,079 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $167.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Political Science & Government Graduates

#26

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#27

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
#28

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
#29

Brown University

Providence, RI
#31

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#32

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#33

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#34

American University

Washington, DC
#35

University of Mississippi

University, MS
#35

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#36

Barnard College

New York, NY
#37

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#38

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#39

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
#40

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#41

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#42

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#42

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT
#43

Drew University

Madison, NJ

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Highest Paid Political Science & Government Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 376 different United States political science and government schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
48 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
48 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
49 Trinity College Hartford, CT
50 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
50 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
51 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
52 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
53 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
53 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
54 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
54 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
55 Lafayette College Easton, PA
56 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
67 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
82 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
83 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
88 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
89 Hampton University Hampton, VA
90 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
95 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
100 Rice University Houston, TX
102 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
104 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
111 Bryant University Smithfield, RI
113 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC

Honorable Mentions

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 Political Science & Government Graduates award.

Rank College Location
57 Providence College Providence, RI
58 Boston University Boston, MA
59 Radford University Radford, VA
60 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
61 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
62 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
63 Colby College Waterville, ME
64 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
65 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
66 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
67 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
68 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
69 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
70 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
71 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
72 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
73 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
74 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
75 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
114 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
117 Iona College New Rochelle, NY
122 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
124 Drake University Des Moines, IA
127 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
129 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
130 Pomona College Claremont, CA
134 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
135 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
139 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
142 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
144 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
146 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
148 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
151 Berry College Mount Berry, GA

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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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