Salaries of Philosophy Majors Over Time

Philosophy is the “top humanities bachelors degree” in PayScale’s ranking of majors by salary. The Atlantic reports: Although philosophy majors rank 75th on PayScale’s overall list of majors at mid-career earnings, it’s the top humanities bachelors degree in their ranking—from early career all the way to later career. “We hear again and again that employers value creative problem solving and the ability to deal with ambiguity in their new hires, and I can’t think of another major that would better prepare you with those skills than the study of philosophy. It’s not terribly surprising to see those graduates doing well in the labor market. We’ve seen quite a few executives—CEOs, VPs of Strategy—who studied philosophy as their undergrad program,” says Lydia Frank, the senior editorial director at PayScale. PayScale has posted the data from its 2015-16 report on an interactive site which allows you to explore the earnings over time for various majors at various degree levels. Here is a modified screen shot from their site showing the earnings of humanities bachelor’s degree holders over time: As you can see, philosophy is at the top. You can check out the rest of the data here.