That Master of Science degree I’m working on looks pretty good right about now

Lots of uplifting statistics in the latest Grady College/University of Georgia survey of j-school graduates, but my favorite is the part about how much grad students are making out of the gate:

“Master’s degree recipients in 2005 reported a median salary of $37,000, up from $33,000 in 2004. The 2005 figure was the highest reported going back to 1989 and up by more than $1,000 even in inflation adjusted terms from 2004.”

The full report is here [PDF], and here’s the list of past reports.

2 Replies to “That Master of Science degree I’m working on looks pretty good right about now”

  1. Are you suggesting that these salaries are good?
    A masters degree and a paltry $37,000?
    Unfortunately, the industry has a long way to go before it emulates other sectors. In many countries overseas, the same qualifications with nil experience garner a minimum of $45,000 – $55,000.

    Get real.

  2. That’s really very sad.
    My primary motivation for continuing the path to a masters is the people who have their bachelors and are still working for minimum wage, or waiting tables. Really don’t want to be like them.
    By the way, I appreciate the sarcastic tone.

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