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30 worst paying college majors: 2014

College is expensive and, unfortunately, many honorable courses of study lead to jobs with relatively low pay

There’s been a debate raging about whether college is worth the cost. The New York Times weighed in with a story recently saying it was a good deal if a college degree was earned.

Still, not all degrees are the same when it comes to earning power at a job. Recently, our sister site ThinkAdvisor looked at the 30 Best Paying College Majors: 2014. Engineering fields took many of the top spots in the survey of 129 majors.

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30. Liberal Arts

Starting Salary: $36,900

Mid-Career Salary: $60,500 (86th, tie)

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28 (tie). Photography

Starting Salary: $36,200

Mid-Career Salary: $55,500 (110th)

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28 (tie). Anthropology

Starting Salary: $36,200

Mid-Career Salary: $61,400 (83rd)

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24. Interior Design

Starting Salary: $36,000

Mid-Career Salary: $59,300 (91st)

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23 (tie). Public Health

Starting Salary: $35,900

Mid-Career Salary: $56,500 (106th)

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21 (tie). Hospitality & Tourism

Starting Salary: $35,700

Mid-Career Salary: $62,600 (81st)

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19 (tie). Kinesiology

Starting Salary: $35,600

Mid-Career Salary: $60,400 (88th, tie)

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16. Criminal Justice

Starting Salary: $35,300

Mid-Career Salary: $58,400 (98th)

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14 (tie). Recreation & Leisure Studies

Starting Salary: $35,000

Mid-Career Salary: $51,900 (118th)

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12 (tie). Physical Education Training

Starting Salary: $34,900

Mid-Career Salary: $56,300 (107th, tie)

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10 (tie). Athletic Training

Starting Salary: $34,800

Mid-Career Salary: $46,900 (126th)

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8. Theology

Starting Salary: $34,000

Mid-Career Salary: $52,200 (117th)

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6. Animal Science

Starting Salary: $33,600

Mid-Career Salary: $55,200 (112th, tie)

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4. Broadcast Journalism

Starting Salary: $32,700

Mid-Career Salary: $68,800 (69th)

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2. Elementary Education

Starting Salary: $32,200

Mid-Career Salary: $45,300 (128th)

Originally published on ThinkAdvisor. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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