Does your dream degree lead to your dream salary?

After graduation, public administration graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $90,829, while the bottom 20% make closer to $45,551. The median grad salary is $64,322.

Public Administration graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in public administration is $49,304, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $51,594.

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

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Wage Range Median Wage

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