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How will your public administration education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your public administration education with public administration education around the nation. The US has 627 brick and mortar public administration schools.

Top Schools

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

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California
  3. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 19,514 students graduated with degrees in public administration. Of these students, 624 received certifications in public administration, 4,214 received an undergraduate degree in public administration, and 14,676 received a graduate-level degree in public administration.


Students can pursue education in public administration at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Public Administration
  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration
  • Master's Degree in Public Administration
  • Doctoral Degree in Public Administration
  • Certificate in Public Administration

Public administration students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their public administration degree:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Verbal Communication
  • Public Policy
  • Problem Solving


In 2010, public administration schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $24,648 per year. The public administration 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. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Trinity College - located in Hartford, Connecticut, students paid $40,840

The following public administration schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - located in Raleigh, North Carolina, students paid $5,475
  3. Stony Brook University - located in Stony Brook, New York, students paid $6,488

How will your public administration job compare?

Some of the most popular jobs public administration graduates in the US pursue include chief executive officer, economic development specialist, or community development planner. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates that in 2010, 391,290 public administration professionals were working in the US. 65,710 of these public administration professionals were legislators, 273,500 were chief executive officers and 13,250 were economic development specialists. The largest populations of public administration professionals are in the following states:

  1. California - 44,330 Public Administration Professionals
  2. New York - 28,400 Public Administration Professionals
  3. Illinois - 24,740 Public Administration Professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of public administration professionals in the US will grow to 529,200. This would require a 2% growth in the profession. The projected growth for public administration professionals is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 19%
  2. Kentucky - 18%
  3. Vermont - 13%


Public administration professionals in the US can make an average of $85,688 per year. However, the salary for public administration professionals can vary greatly based not only on the exact public administration profession you pursue but also on factors such as shift differentials, shift differentials, and experience. Salaries for public administration professionals range from less than $15,330 per year to more than $166,280 per year. The states with the highest average salary for public administration professionals are:

  1. Washington DC - $129,897 per year
  2. North Carolina - $111,060 per year
  3. Arizona - $109,330 per year

public administration professionals in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Maine - $55,248 per year
  2. West Virginia - $61,630 per year
  3. Montana - $65,685 per year

The public administration professionals with highest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Chief Executive Officer - $173,350 per year
  2. Economic Development Specialist - $99,350 per year
  3. Community Development Planner - $66,020 per year

On average the lowest paid public administration professionals were:

  1. Economic Development Specialist - $99,350 per year
  2. Community Development Planner - $66,020 per year
  3. Legislator - $38,470 per year

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public administration?

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)
Chief Executives 273,500 $173,350 -14.9%
Legislators 65,710 $38,470 7.6%
Urban and Regional Planners 38,830 $66,020 22.7%
Economists 13,250 $99,350 6.3%