A high salary does not necessarily mean high satisfaction.

After graduation, education graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $73,685, while the bottom 20% make closer to $25,150. The median grad salary is $43,048.

Education graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in education is $37,121, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $43,373.

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 education graduates

The highest paying careers for education graduates are principal, high school teacher, elementary school teacher and special education teacher, with top salaries averaging around $68,695.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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