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Good News Liberal-Arts Majors: Your Peers Probably Won’t Outearn You Forever

It’s no secret that liberal-arts graduates tend to fare worse than many of their counterparts immediately after college: According to PayScale Inc., a Seattle-based provider of salary data, the typical English or sociology graduate with zero to five years of experience earns an average of just $39,000 a year. By contrast, finance majors with that level of experience average $52,000; nursing, $57,000, and computer science, $63,000.

But a new analysis shows that the story tends to change, however, as careers play out.