Best, Worst Graduate Degrees

Fortune magazine looks at which provide the best bang for the buck
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2015 1:29 PM CDT
Best, Worst Graduate Degrees

With graduation time here, Fortune asked Payscale to determine the best and worst graduate degrees. Salaries aren't the only factor; the survey also took into account things such as job growth, stress, and satisfaction. The top five winners and losers, along with the median salary for each:

Best Graduate Degrees

  1. PhD, Statistics: Median salary: $131,700
  2. Master’s, Biostatistics: Median salary: $113,400
  3. PhD, Computer Science: Median salary: $144,800
  4. Master’s, Human Computer Interaction: Median salary: $115,200
  5. PhD, Physics: Median salary: $132,400

Worst Graduate Degrees

  1. Master’s, Interior Design: Median salary: $69,400
  2. Master’s, Educational Administration: Median salary: $77,100
  3. Master’s, Early Childhood Education: Median salary: $48,100
  4. Master’s, Criminal Justice: Median salary: $60,500
  5. Master’s, Reading and Literacy: Median salary: $52,300
Click for the full lists of 15 in both categories. (Read more college graduates stories.)

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