There is ongoing debate in policy circles, the media, and around kitchen tables about the value of a college degree. Given the investments of time and money involved, some skeptics—and likely some students and their families—are asking if the returns to college are really worth the costs. Do college graduates tend to earn more than non-college graduates? The answer is yes. It is well-documented that on average college graduates earn more than those with less education, and our analysis presented here confirms this.  What is less understood is how earnings vary across college majors.

Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project from their report  – “Major Decisions: What Graduates Earn Over Their Lifetimes.”



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