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2021 Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates in Illinois

4,951 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,832 Avg Salary
$22,401 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates in IllinoisSocial Sciences is one of the most popular subjects to study in Illinois. With 4,951 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 3rd out of all the majors we track. This means that of the 154,751 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 3.2% were from a college or university in the state. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

This year's Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates in Illinois ranking analyzed 21 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in social sciences.

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.

Salaries of Social Sciences Majors After Graduation

The average social sciences major who graduates from a school in Illinois earns about $32,832 per year during the early years of their career. That's not so great, since it is 18% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

This salary is in the same ballpark as the national average of $33,901 for those students who obtain a bachelor's degree in social sciences.

Average Salary for Social Sciences Graduates from Schools in Illinois  32,832
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65,600
Average Salary for Social Sciences Graduates from Schools Nationwide  33,901
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65,600
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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65,600

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2021 Highest Paid Social Sciences Grads in Illinois

The following colleges produce the highest paid social sciences graduates.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Social Sciences Graduates in Illinois

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Our rankings recognize University of Chicago as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Our rankings recognize Illinois Wesleyan University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Bloomington, Illinois Wesleyan is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Wheaton College Illinois earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Wheaton, Wheaton College Illinois is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Northern Illinois University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social sciences school. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of St Francis landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social sciences school. Located in the suburb of Joliet, University of Saint Francis is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Our rankings recognize Illinois State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a very large student population.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northeastern Illinois University. Located in the city of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Chicago. Located in the city of Chicago, UIC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Best Social Sciences Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 37 3,642
Ohio 34 4,508
Indiana 33 2,579
Wisconsin 31 2,857

Social Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Economics 1,749
Political Science & Government 1,370
Sociology 862
International Relations & National Security 270
Anthropology 238

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 4,086
Communication & Journalism 3,692
Education 3,367
History 784
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 593

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to AndrГ© KГјnzelmann.

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