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2021 Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates

154,751 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,901 Avg Salary
$22,473 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Social Sciences GraduatesWith 154,751 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, social sciences is the #3 most popular major in the United States. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

This year's Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates ranking analyzed 592 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in social sciences.

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 Social Sciences Majors After Graduation

After graduation, social sciences majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $33,901 per year. That's not so great, since it is 15% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

Average Salary for Social Sciences Graduates from Schools Nationwide  33,901
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Social Sciences Grads in the United States

Learn more about the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid social sciences graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Social Sciences Graduates

#1

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Our rankings recognize Claremont McKenna College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Claremont McKenna is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Claremont.

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United States Naval Academy earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Annapolis, Annapolis is a public college with a small student population.

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#2

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Pomona College landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social sciences school. Located in the suburb of Claremont, Pomona is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#3

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social sciences school. Middlebury is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Middlebury.

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#4

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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#5

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social sciences school. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford.

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#6

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#7

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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#8

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#9

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social sciences school. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Williamstown.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to United States Military Academy. Located in the fringe town of West Point, West Point is a public school with a small student population.

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#10

Rice University

Houston, TX

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rice University. Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#11

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

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

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#12

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize University of Pennsylvania as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#13

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Amherst College landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social sciences school. Amherst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Amherst.

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#14

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

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#15

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social sciences school. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Our rankings recognize Columbia University in the City of New York as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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#17

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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Colorado School of Mines landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social sciences school. Located in the suburb of Golden, Mines is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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#18

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Our rankings recognize Swarthmore College as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Swarthmore is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Swarthmore.

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#19

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#20

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

Our rankings recognize United States Air Force Academy as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the fringe town of USAF Academy, USAFA is a public college with a small student population.

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Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Wellesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Wellesley.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates

#26

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#27

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
#30

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#31

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#32

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#33

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN
#34

Barnard College

New York, NY
#35

Brown University

Providence, RI
#36

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#37

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
#38

Creighton University

Omaha, NE
#39

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#40

New York University

New York, NY
#41

Carleton College

Northfield, MN
#42

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT
#43

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
#44

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#45

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
#46

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#49

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
#50

Colby College

Waterville, ME

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 592 different United States social sciences schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
52 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
53 Lafayette College Easton, PA
54 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
55 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
56 Connecticut College New London, CT
57 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
58 Northeastern University Boston, MA
59 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
60 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
61 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
62 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
63 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
64 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
65 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
66 George Washington University Washington, DC
67 Hanover College Hanover, IN
68 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
69 Providence College Providence, RI
70 Centre College Danville, KY
71 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
72 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
73 Emory University Atlanta, GA
74 Utah State University Logan, UT
75 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
76 Drew University Madison, NJ
77 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
78 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
79 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
80 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
81 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
82 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
83 Boston University Boston, MA
84 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
85 Denison University Granville, OH
86 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
87 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
88 Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Social Sciences students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates award.

Rank College Location
89 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
90 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
91 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
92 Pace University - New York New York, NY
93 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
94 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
95 Wabash College Crawfordsville, IN
96 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
97 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
98 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
99 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
100 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
101 American University Washington, DC
102 Fordham University Bronx, NY
103 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
104 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
105 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
106 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
107 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
108 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
109 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
110 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
111 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
112 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
113 Spelman College Atlanta, GA
114 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
115 Brandman University Irvine, CA
116 Smith College Northampton, MA
117 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
118 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA

Social Sciences by Region

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Region
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New England
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Southwest
Great Lakes

Social Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 41,811
Economics 40,355
Sociology 29,920
International Relations & National Security 9,868
Anthropology 9,040

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 123,980
Communication & Journalism 96,549
Education 88,927
History 25,943
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 24,420

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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 AndrГ© KГјnzelmann.

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