The 10 Lowest Paying College Majors

10 Lowest paying college majors

Over the next decade, My four kids will graduate from high school and (likely) head to college. With 16 years of college coming, I have spent a lot of time researching college majors and careers. One intriguing recent study lists the ten lowest paying college majors. (Ironically, my wife and I together have degrees in 3 out of the 10 lowest paying college majors.) So far we have avoided living in homeless shelters, but we are looking to prepare our kids well in choosing careers. Could it be that many of these subjects would be better pursued as hobbies rather than careers? Let the debate begin. But here are the ten lowest paying college majors:

1.  Anthropology/Archeology (Jurassic park doesn’t pay like it used to)

Median Salary: $28,000

2.  Film, Video, and Photographic Arts (Toys R-Us is Hiring)

Median Salary: $30,000

3.  Fine Arts (Welcome to Community Theatre)

Median Salary: $30,000

4.  Philosophy and Religious Studies (Part 1 of my double major)

Median Salary: $30,000

5.  Liberal Arts (Part 2 of my double major)

Median Salary: $30,000

6.  Music (Jimmy Hendrix didn’t need a music degree – Part 3 for our family)

Median Salary: $30,000

10 Lowest Paying College Majors

7.  Physical Fitness/Parks and Recreation (But you get to wear sweatpants to work)

Median Salary: $30,000

8.  Commercial Art and Graphic Design (This is surprising)

Median Salary: $32,000

9.  History (Welcome to Grad School part 1)

Median Salary: $32,000

10.  English Language and Literature (Welcome to Grad School part 2)

Median Salary: $32,000

 

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Posted by Brian Howard

My focus is to help YOU move forward one step at a time. I write about church excellence, personal productivity, and family leadership. I coach leaders, start churches, and help organizations break growth barriers. My goal is to draw on this experience to help YOU move forward in life, leadership, and productivity.

  1. It’s unfortunate that education in America is primarily seen as a means to acquire a salary. I also think that it’s a mistake to equate a degree’s usefulness with its monetary value. Of course, this is coming from a guy with a degree from this list.

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  2. Great post Brian. One of the greatest decisions I ever made was to forgo the seminary degree and get a business administration degree. I believe you help guide me in that decision way back when in Huntington Beach. Not only have I been able to serve in the ministry this whole time but I’ve also been able to build a career to support a family of five and let my wife stay at home to raise the kids.

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    1. Well, said K DeHoop! Long live Marina High School and Cal State Long beach!

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  3. Helpful post, Brian! It seems like the arts and humanities are becoming hobby-level pursuits. With such low salaries, you might as well pursue another career and paint, write historical studies, etc. on the side – b/c you love it, not b/c you are paid to do it.

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    1. A wise man you are, Ryan West!

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  4. My wife and I both have majors on that list too. Is there a homeless shelter nearby?

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