College of Social Sciences


Graduates from Florida State

The initial salaries of M.S. graduates can be known from responses to the exit interview before graduation. In recent years, about half of students have responded to questions regarding their salaries after graduation. Of those who responded, the median salary was $60,000 - $65,000.

Salaries differ substantially between different starting jobs. Normally, the starting salaries are substantially above what the student could earn with a bachelor's degree. In addition, the master’s degree provides opportunities for students to move up in a company faster than a person without such a degree. The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) estimates the following median salaries (including bonus) for economists in 2014.

  • The median salary for an economist with a bachelor's degree-$81,400
  • The median salary for an economist with a master's degree-$138,000