7 Worst-Paying Jobs That Require a Degree

Maybe think twice before going into public service
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2016 12:50 PM CDT
7 Worst-Paying Jobs That Require a Degree
Nichols College graduates listen to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker as he gives the commencement address during the Nichols College graduation Sunday, May 8, 2016, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.   (Christine Peterson/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)

Just because you have a college degree doesn't mean you're going to make a lot of money. To that end, 24/7 Wall St. lists the 14 lowest-paying jobs that typically require a college degree:

  1. Legislators: So you want to change the world? That's all fine and good, but the median salary for elected officials (local, tribal, state, and federal levels are all included here) is just $20,500, making it the worst-paying job on the list. The good news: The federal government often will forgive student debt after 10 years of public service.
  2. Religious workers other than clergy and those mentioned below: The median salary is just $28,750, lower even than the median wage for all jobs—including the ones that don't require a college degree.

  1. Instructors and educators such as substitute teachers, assistant instructors, etc.: The median salary is $28,960, and there are almost 1 million of them nationwide.
  2. Proofreaders and copy markers: There are just 13,600 of them currently employed (and those numbers are going down), and their median annual wage is $35,630.
  3. Religious activities/education directors: Their median annual wage is $38,780.
  4. Education, training, and library workers: Their median annual wage is $40,380.
  5. Biological technicians: The median annual wage for these workers, who often are employed in labs, is $41,650.
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