College grads start at $36,000

One year after earning a bachelor’s degree, the average employed graduate earns $36,000. The average lifetime value of a college degree is $570,000 on an average $102,000 investment, estimates Brookings’ Hamilton Project. The field makes a big difference: A degree in engineering can add $1 million in earnings over a lifetime while a degree in education can add $241,000, conclude Georgetown researchers.

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