Is your future salary worth the time in school?

After graduation, ethnic studies graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $87,422, while the bottom 20% make closer to $30,894. The median grad salary is $51,969.

Ethnic Studies graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies is $31,709, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $47,314.

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

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

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