PayScale Survey Says You Can Major In English And Still Get a Job

Who knew that:

  • Dartmouth College graduates have the highest median salary in the country with a Total Cash Compensation of $134,000;
  • Colorado School of Mines has the highest median salary of all schools west of the Mississippi, excluding California, with a median Total Cash Compensation of $106,000;
  • The University of California Berkeley is the state school with the highest Median Total Cash Compensation of $112,000.

These are just a few of the tidbits from the 2008 Education and Salary Report sponsored by Payscale (profile; site).

The just released report offers up such datapoints as the top salary potential by variety of school, most popular jobs by degree or major, and top schools by pay potential according to geography.

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Our favorite category? Top party school pay potential. And the winner in this category is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This is a data rich report that has a statistical validity and a relatively high confidence interval for a survey of this kind. It’s a great resource for high school counselors and the results are sure to surprise more than a few corporate recruiters. Marketing and technical writing are among the more popular jobs for English majors and with median salaries in the mid-sixties, they won’t have to live in an attic room forever.

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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