Should you pick your degree based on future salary?

After graduation, international relations graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $98,560, while the bottom 20% make closer to $38,435. The median grad salary is $61,548.

International Relations graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in international relations is $37,980, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $57,616.

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 international relations graduates

The highest paying careers for international relations graduates are pilot, political scientist, economist and intelligence analyst, with top salaries averaging around $130,031.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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