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09/16/2013 10:28 am ET

Liberal Arts Majors That Pay You Back: PayScale Data

The marble statues of ancient Greek philosophers Socrates, stand in front of the Athens Academy, as the statue of the ancient
The marble statues of ancient Greek philosophers Socrates, stand in front of the Athens Academy, as the statue of the ancient goddess Athena is seen at right in Athens on Tuesday June 5, 2012. Greece is in a fifth year of recession, with poverty and unemployment rapidly rising amid protracted harsh cutbacks implemented to secure vital international bailout loans. But political uncertainty ahead of new elections on June 17 has intensified fears that the country could be forced to abandon the euro and revert to a devalued version of its old drachma currency. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

A new report on the salary potential of colleges and majors from PayScale makes one thing pretty clear: an engineering student can expect to make a lot more than than someone studying creative writing.

Eight of the top 10 majors with the highest earning potential are engineering fields, according to PayScale, the other two rounding out the top being computer science and physics. A liberal arts major doesn't show up until "Government" lands at No. 14. The next liberal arts field comes in at 28 with "International Relations."

In case you're wondering about many of your favorite HuffPost scribes, "Broadcast Journalism" lands at No. 69, followed by "Journalism" at 72, coming in just ahead of zoology and geography.

PayScale's salary report is based on surveys collected from approximately 1.4 million employees. All jobs are included, not just those specific to the major, PayScale said, but advanced degrees are not considered.

Most liberal arts majors are likely used to being told they aren't going to make as much as their counterparts in the science and business colleges of their universities, though many would counter they chose their field because they found it more fulfilling.

Considering the top of PayScale's data was so heavily packed with technical fields, we decided to break out the liberal arts majors to reveal which ones have the highest earning potential.

  • 1 Government
    Starting Median Salary: $43,200

Mid-Career Median Salary: $97,100
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    Starting Median Salary: $43,200 Mid-Career Median Salary: $97,100
  • 2 International Relations
    Starting Median Salary: $41,700

Mid-Career Median Salary: $85,700
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    Starting Median Salary: $41,700 Mid-Career Median Salary: $85,700
  • 3 Advertising
    Starting Median Salary: $40,000

Mid-Career Median Salary: $79,400
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    Starting Median Salary: $40,000 Mid-Career Median Salary: $79,400
  • 4 Philosophy
    Starting Median Salary: $39,700 

Mid-Career Median Salary: $78,300
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    Starting Median Salary: $39,700 Mid-Career Median Salary: $78,300
  • 5 Fashion Design
    Starting Median Salary: $39,400

Mid-Career Median Salary: $77,100
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    Starting Median Salary: $39,400 Mid-Career Median Salary: $77,100
  • 6 Political Science
    Starting Median Salary: $41,700

Mid-Career Median Salary: $77,000
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    Starting Median Salary: $41,700 Mid-Career Median Salary: $77,000
  • 7 Linguistics
    Starting Median Salary: $39,700

Mid-Career Median Salary: $76,800
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    Starting Median Salary: $39,700 Mid-Career Median Salary: $76,800
  • 8 Architecture
    Starting Median Salary: $41,900

Mid-Career Median Salary: $75,800
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    Starting Median Salary: $41,900 Mid-Career Median Salary: $75,800
  • 9 Global & International Studies
    Starting Median Salary: $39,600 

Mid-Career Median Salary: $73,200
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    Starting Median Salary: $39,600 Mid-Career Median Salary: $73,200
  • 10 English Literature
    Starting Median Salary: $40,800 

Mid-Career Median Salary: $71,400
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    Starting Median Salary: $40,800 Mid-Career Median Salary: $71,400
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