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2021 Highest Paid Sociology Graduates

29,920 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,664 Avg Salary
$23,500 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Sociology GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, sociology was ranked #19. In fact, 29,920 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Sociology Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

For this year's Highest Paid Sociology Graduates ranking, we looked at 372 colleges that offer a bachelor's in sociology.

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.

Comparing Average Salaries of Sociology Majors

The average sociology major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $29,664 per year during the early years of their career. That's not so great, since it is 25% 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 Sociology Graduates from Schools Nationwide  29,664
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Sociology Grads in the United States

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

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Sociology Graduates

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at UPenn take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,242.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Harvard University. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, sociology majors make an average salary of $53,800.

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#2

Barnard College

New York, NY

Barnard College earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, sociology majors make an average salary of $43,800.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at Barnard accumulate an average of around $17,619 in student debt.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Sociology majors at Northwestern U take out an average of $15,050 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 $166.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Columbia University in the City of New York. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, sociology majors make an average salary of $43,800.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at Columbia accumulate an average of around $24,786 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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#4

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in sociology from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $43,000.

The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at Boston College take out while working on their bachelor's is $14,445. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $161.

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#4

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at Princeton take out while working on their bachelor's is $10,515.

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#5

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid sociology school. Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hanover. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, sociology majors make an average salary of $41,800.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at Dartmouth accumulate an average of around $15,150 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $156, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid sociology school. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. Sociology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $41,000.

The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at NYU take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,394. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $169, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Yale University

New Haven, CT

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

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#7

Connecticut College

New London, CT

Connecticut College earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of New London, Conn College 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 sociology from the school is $40,200.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at Conn College accumulate an average of around $14,164 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $127, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to College of the Holy Cross. Located in the city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Sociology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $39,800.

Sociology majors at Holy Cross take out an average of $21,699 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Our rankings recognize Brandman University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in sociology from the school is $39,700.

On average, sociology graduates from Brandman take out $26,921 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Boston University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Sociology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $39,600.

On average, sociology graduates from Boston U take out $23,328 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 $270.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Berkeley. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the city of Berkeley. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in sociology from the school is $38,700.

The average amount in student loans that sociology majors at UC Berkeley take out while working on their bachelor's is $14,369. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $139.

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#12

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. Students who receive their bachelor's in sociology from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $38,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, sociology graduates from Cornell carry an average student debtload of $11,862. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $117.

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#12

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Kenyon College landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid sociology school. Located in the distant town of Gambier, Kenyon is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Our rankings recognize California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. Students who receive their bachelor's in sociology from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $38,100.

On average, sociology graduates from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take out $15,595 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $156, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#14

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

Our rankings recognize San Jose State University as the #14 school in this year's rankings. San Jose State is a very large public school located in the city of San Jose. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, sociology majors make an average salary of $38,000.

Sociology majors at San Jose State take out an average of $15,717 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $135, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

American University

Washington, DC

Our rankings recognize American University as the #15 school in this year's rankings. The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. Sociology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $37,600.

After completing their bachelor's degree, sociology graduates from The American University carry an average student debtload of $23,440.

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#16

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham. Students who receive their bachelor's in sociology from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $37,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, sociology graduates from Duke carry an average student debtload of $13,666. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $145, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Our rankings recognize Michigan State University as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, sociology majors make an average salary of $37,100.

On average, sociology graduates from Michigan State take out $26,708 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 $280.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#18

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. U of H is a very large public school located in the large city of Houston. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, sociology majors make an average salary of $37,100.

While working on their bachelor's, sociology majors at U of H accumulate an average of around $22,414 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $207.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Sociology Graduates

#27

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#28

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
#29

Chapman University

Orange, CA
#31

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#32

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#32

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#34

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#37

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#38

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
#38

Albertus Magnus College

New Haven, CT
#41

Suffolk University

Boston, MA
#42

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#44

Providence College

Providence, RI
#45

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Highest Paid Sociology Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 372 different United States sociology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
47 Doane University Crete, NE
47 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
48 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
49 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
50 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
51 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA
51 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
52 Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
53 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
54 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
54 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
55 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
57 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
62 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
64 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
66 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
67 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
70 Villanova University Villanova, PA
72 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
73 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
75 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
80 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
82 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
86 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
89 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
92 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
94 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
96 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
97 Bryant University Smithfield, RI
100 Iona College New Rochelle, NY

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 Sociology Graduates award.

Rank College Location
56 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
57 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
58 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
59 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
60 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
61 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
62 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
63 National University La Jolla, CA
64 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
65 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
66 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
67 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
68 University of North Texas Denton, TX
69 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
70 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
71 CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
72 Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT
73 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
74 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
104 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
106 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
107 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
108 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC
110 Colby College Waterville, ME
111 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
112 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
114 Stonehill College Easton, MA
115 University of Denver Denver, CO
118 Whittier College Whittier, CA
121 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
123 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
124 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
126 Trinity College Hartford, CT
128 Pomona College Claremont, CA
132 Drake University Des Moines, IA
133 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD

Sociology by Region

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Majors Similar to Sociology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 41,811
Economics 40,355
International Relations & National Security 9,868
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  • 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.
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