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How will your history education stack up?

If you want to study history at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 1,390 brick and mortar history schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have history programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In 2010, 40,690 students earned degrees in history in the US. Of these students, 161 received certifications in history, 35,787 received an undergraduate degree in history, and 4,742 received a graduate-level degree in history.


Students can pursue education in history at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in History
  • Bachelor's Degree in History
  • Master's Degree in History
  • Doctoral Degree in History
  • Certificate in History

History students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their history degree:

  • American Civilization
  • Analytical Skills
  • Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
  • Written and Verbal Comprehension
  • Geography


In 2010, history schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $29,766 per year. The history schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Vassar College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York, students paid $41,930
  3. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655

The lowest tuition was charged by the following history schools:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176
  3. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State, students paid $7,692

How will your history job compare?

Historian is the profession of choice for a large number of history graduates. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 3,320 historians were working in the US. The following states have the largest number of historians:

  1. New York - 530 Historians
  2. California - 310 Historians
  3. Pennsylvania - 190 Historians

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for historians to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Indiana - 32%
  2. Utah - 28%
  3. Oklahoma - 19%


On average, a historian earns a salary of $54,728 per year in the US. However, the salary for an historian can greatly vary based on factors such as education, shift differentials or your boss. Approximately 10 percent of historians earn less than $16,020 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $128,600 per year. On average, an historian earns the most in the following states:

  1. Maryland - $90,070 per year
  2. Washington DC - $84,410 per year
  3. Colorado - $76,860 per year

On average, an historian earns the least in the following states:

  1. New York - $32,990 per year
  2. Oklahoma - $34,630 per year
  3. Indiana - $37,950 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Archivists 5,030 $49,190 -7.0%
Historians 3,320 $57,840 16.5%