How much is a degree worth?

The Census Bureau has just posted new data on how educational attainment affects personal income. Among the findings: Workers with vocational education earn the most in the electronics field (an average of $3,726 per month) and the least in cosmetology ($1,861). For those with associate’s degrees, engineering/drafting is the most lucrative field ($4,435), with education at the other end of the scale ($2,299).

The worth of a bachelor’s degree ranges from $5,730 per month in the computer industry to $2,924 in education. For those with advanced degrees, the highest-paying field is medicine/dentistry ($10,795), and the least is liberal arts ($3,477).