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After graduation, anthropology graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $70,845, while the bottom 20% make closer to $28,594. The median grad salary is $45,008.

Anthropology graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology is $27,082, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $43,903.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for anthropology graduates

The highest paying careers for anthropology graduates are statistician and geographer, with top salaries averaging around $88,825.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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