Spin off: What was your graduate degree in and what was your starting salary?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
2062 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@chillinchillin:  I have a MA in Managerial Communications. My first real job pays about $30,000 per year. However, I’m finishing my PhD so I’m not actively seeking a better paying job at the moment.

Post # 4
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I got my M.S. in College Counseling in May. My starting salary is actually 2 jobs (1 full time position plus an independent project) for a combined $72k/year. However, this is not typical of my cohort.


Post # 5
1929 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a M.Ed., Master in Education.  My starting salary was about $48,000/year as a teacher.

Post # 6
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I have a BS in economics. I commissioned as officer in the Navy, and my initial take home pay was about 40k.

Post # 7
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I got a bachelor of occupational health and safety. My first salary was $125,000, gotta love the Australian coal mining industry haha

Post # 8
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I did my MA in a social sciences program (I don’t want to give particulars), but most importantly, I did it at a very prestigious institution. I started working at a market research firm specializing in non-profits at $54,000 plus really stellar benefits. 


Post # 9
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The location/city will greatly affect this.

After I got my MBA I got a job for $75K in SF working in Real Estate Finance (determined I hated it and went back to Marketing where I still am and I started out)

Post # 10
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I got my M.S in Applied Molecular Biology but my first job out of school was a contract position with a government agency. I made 55K/year, with no benefits, and had to pay self-employment taxes to the city, state, and federal government. My take home pay was significantly less than I thought it would be and I also got screwed out of pay frequently. For example I attended a weeklong conference for work and got paid nothing for that week because my contract stated something about me only being paid for work done at my primary work station. Ugh. It was only 18 months but what a pain!

I quickly moved on to a much better job with excellent benefits and the ability to move up in pay fairly quickly within the first few years.


Post # 11
2150 posts
Buzzing bee

@chillinchillin:  I have an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S) in School Psychology. I’m fininishing up my internship now, so my salary will depend a lot on where I get a job. Starting salary is usually anywhere between $45k and $60k. Pretty pathetic for 7 years of schooling if you ask me. But I knew that going into grad school, so I’ve accpted it. 

Post # 12
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My master’s is in Deaf Education. My first salary was around $42K.

Post # 13
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@chillinchillin:  I received my JD in May 2008 and then passed the July 2008 Bar.  My first job was working as an attorney for the State of Florida and my salary was $39,000.

*Pretty bad when the attorney salary is the lowest.

Post # 14
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My graduate degree is a Ph.D. in materials chemistry. 

My first job out of school was an educational lab coordinator making $42k (small city). 

BUT then I switched to industry and my first industry salary was $72k (bigger city). 

Post # 15
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My graduate degrees are in Marketing and Management.  My first job in marketing paid $35k a year.  That was 15 years ago.  I had no experience so the company got me really cheap. 

But that experience enabled me to quickly triple my income within 5 years.

And 15 years later, I am extremely happy with my salary and know that I would not be where I am today had I not taken that job.

Post # 16
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I have a master’s in wildlife biology.  The field is VERY competitive with few jobs out there and a lot of people with advanced degrees.  

My first job out of grad school was a temporary field technician job that paid something like $2000/month.  Meh.  

My first (and current) permanent “real job” pays $42,000/base salary but there’s a lot of overtime in the spring and summer.  I think my gross income last year was $53,000.  I really like the job and feel very fortunate to have it.  

Obviously I didn’t go into this career for the money, but luckily in the sciences your graduate school tuitition is paid through a graduate assistantship – so I don’t have grad school loans.

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