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2021 Highest Paid General Education Graduates

4,523 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,873 Avg Salary
$25,102 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Education School for You

Highest Paid General Education GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 4,523 people earned their bachelor's in general education, making the major the #84 most popular in the United States. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Education Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

For this year's Highest Paid General Education Graduates ranking, we looked at 36 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

How Much Do General Education Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduation, general education majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $31,873 per year. Unfortunately, that is 20% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

Average Salary for Education Graduates from Schools Nationwide  31,873
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid General Education Grads in the United States

The highest paid education majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 14 Best Schools for Highly Paid Education Graduates

#1

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Education majors at Brown take out an average of $14,825 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Monmouth University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general education school. Located in the suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, education majors make an average salary of $45,500.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at Monmouth take out while working on their bachelor's is $27,503. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $287.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Hawaii - West Oahu. Located in the suburb of Kapolei, UH West Oahu is a public college with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, education majors make an average salary of $44,100.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at UH West Oahu take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,015. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $213.

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Washington University in St Louis comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general education school. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hamilton.

While working on their bachelor's, education majors at Colgate accumulate an average of around $14,510 in student debt.

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Our rankings recognize City University of Seattle as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Seattle, CityU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in education from the school is $41,200.

While working on their bachelor's, education majors at CityU accumulate an average of around $22,792 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $258.

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#4

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Stonehill College. Stonehill is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Easton. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in education from the school is $39,000.

Education majors at Stonehill take out an average of $24,746 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their bachelor's degree, education graduates from UW Seattle carry an average student debtload of $18,584.

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#5

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

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#5

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general education school. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a fairly large student population. Education majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, education graduates from Michigan State carry an average student debtload of $24,465. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $262.

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#6

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at Bucknell take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,905.

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general education school. UWM is a very large public school located in the city of Milwaukee. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, education majors make an average salary of $37,500.

Education majors at UWM take out an average of $27,810 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $301, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Midland University

Fremont, NE

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Midland University. Midland U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Fremont. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, education majors make an average salary of $37,400.

On average, education graduates from Midland U take out $26,164 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#8

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

DePauw University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. DePauw is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Greencastle.

After completing their bachelor's degree, education graduates from DePauw carry an average student debtload of $24,247. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $266, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid General Education Graduates award.

Rank College Location
8 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
9 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
9 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
10 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
12 Emory University Atlanta, GA
13 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
15 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
16 University of New England Biddeford, ME
17 Furman University Greenville, SC

General Education by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 14 majors within the Education area of study, General Education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 50,540
Teacher Education Subject Specific 21,322
Special Education 8,866
Other Education 1,730
Educational Administration 573

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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