The 13 lowest-paying jobs that require a master’s degree

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Having a master’s doesn’t always pay off.
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For some jobs, having a master’s degree is a must.

But while attending school for additional year or two after acquiring your bachelor’s degree may qualify you for a particular job (and cost you a pretty penny), it doesn’t always guarantee that you’ll get paid the big bucks for it.

In fact, according to the latest data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are a number of occupations that require a master’s degree and pay less than the median annual salary of the average master’s degree holder, which is around $70,000 a year.

Here are some of the lowest-paying:


13. Instructional coordinators

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Texas A&M University-Commerce Marketing Communications Photography/Flickr

They oversee school curriculums and teaching standards and develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.

Median annual wage(2015): $62,270

Projected job openings(through 2024): 25,100

Work experience: 5 years or more

On-the-job training: None


12. Anthropologists and archaeologists

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Thomson Reuters

They study the origin, development, and behavior of humans and examine the cultures, languages, archaeological remains, and physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world.

Median annual wage(2015): $61,220

Projected job openings(through 2024): 1,200

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None


11. Librarians

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Reuters

They help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use.

Median annual wage(2015): $56,880

Projected job openings(through 2024): 29,500

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None


10. Historians

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They research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying historical documents and sources.

Median annual wage(2015): $55,800

Projected job openings(through 2024): 500

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None


9. Survey researchers

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They design and conduct surveys used to collect factual data like employment and salary information or to understand people’s opinions, preferences, beliefs, or desires, and analyze the data.

Median annual wage(2015): $53,920

Projected job openings(through 2024): 3,900

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None


8. Educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors

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Army Medicine/flickr

These counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

Median annual wage(2015): $53,660

Projected job openings(through 2024): 79,700

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None


7. Healthcare social workers

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Shutterstock/ChameleonsEye

They provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses.

Median annual wage(2015): $52,380

Projected job openings(through 2024): 69,500

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None


6. Curators

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Thomson Reuters

They oversee collections of artwork and historic items, and may conduct public service activities for an institution.

Median annual wage(2015): $51,520

Projected job openings(through 2024): 5,100

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None


5. Archivists

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Thomson Reuters

They appraise, process, catalog, and preserve permanent records and historically valuable documents.

Median annual wage(2015): $50,250

Projected job openings(through 2024): 2,600

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None


4. Farm and home management advisors

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Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

They advise, instruct, and assist individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home economics activities.

Median annual wage(2015): $49,190

Projected job openings(through 2024): 2,200

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None


3. Marriage and family therapists

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John Moore/Getty Images

They help people manage or overcome problems with their family and relationships.

Median annual wage(2015): $48,600

Projected job openings(through 2024): 12,100

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Internship/residency


2. Mental health counselors

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Joe Houghton/flickr

They help people manage or overcome mental and emotional disorders.

Median annual wage(2015): $41,880

Projected job openings(through 2024): 54,500

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Internship/residency


1. Rehabilitation counselors

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John Moore/Getty Images

They work with people who have physical, mental, developmental, and emotional disabilities to help them become more independent and employable.

Median annual wage(2015): $34,390

Projected job openings(through 2024): 36,000

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None