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On the other end of ThinkAdvisor’s 20 Best Paying College Majors (That Aren't Engineering) are college graduates that are paid the worst out of the 403 college majors in PayScale’s College Salary Report. We've excluded education degrees as they dominate this group. Graduates of the top two fields on this list actually earn less at mid-career than at entry level.

20. (tie) Drawing

Mid-Career: $59,200
Early Career: $37,000


20. (tie) Printmaking

Mid-Career: $59,200
Early Career: $34,600

18. Dance

Mid-Career: $57,300
Early Career: $41,100


17. Wildlife Biology

Mid-Career: $56,800
Early Career: $39,700

16. Sculpture

Mid-Career: $55,400
Early Career: $36,500


15. Restaurant & Food Service Mgmt

Mid-Career: $55,200
Early Career: $42,800

14. Tourism & Travel

Mid-Career: $54,700
Early Career: $37,700


13. Nonprofit Management

Mid-Career: $53,800
Early Career: $37,900

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12. Vocal Performance

Mid-Career: $53,700
Early Career: $39,200


11. Ceramics

Mid-Career: $53,000
Early Career: $40,900

10. Office Administration

Mid-Career: $52,100
Early Career: $35,800


9. Music Theory

Mid-Career: $51,400
Early Career: $46,400

8. Applied Management

Mid-Career: $51,200
Early Career: $42,500


7. Photojournalism

Mid-Career: $50,400
Early Career: $38,400

6. Musical Theater

Mid-Career: $49,300
Early Career: $41,800


5. Voice & Opera

Mid-Career: $48,400
Early Career: $31,300

4. Metals & Jewelry

Mid-Career: $48,200
Early Career: $34,900


3. Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology

Mid-Career: $43,900
Early Career: $37,200

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2. Piano Performance

Mid-Career: $36,200
Early Career: $38,100


1. Metal Smithing

Mid-Career: $32,500
Early Career: $37,000

(Related: 20 Best Paying College Majors (That Aren’t Engineering))

On the other end of ThinkAdvisor’s 20 Best Paying College Majors are college graduates that are paid the worst out of the 403 college majors in PayScale’s huge College Salary Report. We’ve excluded education degrees as they dominate this group like engineering overwhelmed the best paying majors. Graduates of the top two fields on this list actually earn less at mid-career than at entry level.

We also ranked majors on mid-career pay, or 10+ years’ experience, as opposed to starting salary, or 0-5 years’ experience.

The College Salary Report collected alumni compensation data from 3.2 million employees, representing more than 4,000 universities across the U.S.

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