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  • Some collegiate fields of study may not guarantee great wealth, even if they still lead to socially useful and emotionally satisfying careers.
  • Using Census data, we found the 20 college majors with the lowest average personal incomes post-graduation.
  • Many of the majors on the list are in education, and there's been a push to increase pay for teachers, especially after the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • Teachers had to quickly adjust their lessons to remote teaching, as well as help parents and students adjust to a new way of learning.
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While some fields of study, like engineering or finance, can reliably lead to highly remunerative careers, other majors may not guarantee great wealth, even if they're still associated with socially useful and emotionally satisfying jobs.
Using individual-level data from the US Census Bureau's 2018 American Community Survey compiled by the Minnesota Population Center's Integrated Public Use Microdata Series program, we looked at average total annual personal incomes for different fields of study among college degree holders.
One of the questions on the American Community Survey asks respondents what their level of educational attainment is. Among those with a bachelor's degree or higher, the survey also asks what major field of study the respondent's degree was in. Using that data, we found the majors with the lowest average total personal income among employed Americans with at least a bachelor's degree in that field.
While the entries on the list tend to have lower pay than other fields of study, they can still lead to careers that are fulfilling in other ways. Many of the majors with lower-than-average pay are in education, and teachers tend to be passionate about helping their students grow and learn, although there is still a growing push for higher salaries among teachers. Last October, teachers in Chicago went on an 11-day strike, demanding smaller class sizes and higher pay.
Teachers are still very busy during the novel coronavirus pandemic, with many working from their homes, as the majority of schools have closed in the US during the outbreak. As teachers have had to adjust to an unfamiliar way of teaching students online, people are noting the importance of raising teachers' salaries.
A recent Brookings article looked at data that shows teachers are still being paid low salaries while the cost of living in the US has increased over the years and argues why teachers deserve to be paid more after the pandemic.
It's worth noting that our analysis is fairly simple. We're just considering all employed Americans who had a degree in each major, without considering other significant factors that could affect personal income, like their particular post-college occupations and industries. Still, it gives an indication of which areas of study may lead to lower earnings after graduation.
Here are the 20 college majors with the lowest average incomes, along with how many people have degrees in that field, in order of decreasing pay:
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20. Composition and speech majors had an average annual total income of $60,000, and 90,700 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



19. Special needs education majors had an average annual total income of $59,900, and 263,800 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



18. Community and public health majors had an average annual total income of $59,900, and 143,500 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



17. School student counseling majors had an average annual total income of $59,800, and 18,000 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



16. Language and drama education majors had an average annual total income of $58,700, and 230,100 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



15. Counseling psychology majors had an average annual total income of $58,600, and 67,600 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



14. Theology and religious vocations majors had an average annual total income of $58,300, and 339,500 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



13. Drama and theater arts majors had an average annual total income of $58,000, and 247,600 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



12. General interdisciplinary studies majors had an average annual total income of $58,000, and 92,700 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



11. Art and music education majors had an average annual total income of $56,400, and 270,500 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



10. Elementary education majors had an average annual total income of $55,100, and 1,344,000 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



9. Family and consumer sciences majors had an average annual total income of $54,100, and 428,400 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



8. Multiple-level education majors had an average annual total income of $53,500, and 106,600 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



7. Miscellaneous fine arts majors had an average annual total income of $52,800, and 26,000 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



This is a catch-all category including fine arts majors not accounted for in some other grouping.



6. Social work majors had an average annual total income of $52,800, and 554,700 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



5. Human services and community organization majors had an average annual total income of $52,500, and 112,900 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



4. Visual and performing arts majors had an average annual total income of $49,900, and 83,100 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



3. Studio arts majors had an average annual total income of $49,400, and 107,600 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



2. Cosmetology services and culinary arts majors had an average annual total income of $48,700, and 59,400 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.



The US Census Bureau's coding links these two fields of study under one category.



1. Early childhood education majors had an average annual total income of $46,700, and 236,500 have at least a bachelor's degree in this field.





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