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New data from the National Science Foundation show that psychology graduates at the bachelor's and master's levels earn the lowest salaries among science professionals. The average salary for full-time employed science, engineering and health graduates is $39,000 for those with bachelor's degrees and $56,000 for those with a master's. For psychology graduates, it is $30,000 and $40,000, respectively.

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Master's degree
Engineering 52,000 65,000
Computer and Information Sciences 45,000 65,000
Health 45,000 58,000
Math and Statistics 37,000 60,000
Physical Sciences 35,000 50,000
Social Sciences 34,000 47,000
Biological, agriculture, and environmental life sciences 32,000 45,000
Psychology 30,000 40,000
Source: National Science Foundation National Survey of Recent College Graduates, 2006.