10. Social and community service managers
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Master’s degree premium: 30.0% higher (+$15,000 per year)Median annual salary for master’s degree: $65,000Median annual salary for bachelor’s degree: $50,000Percent of employees with a master’s degree: 28.6%Projected job growth by 2026: 18.0%
Social and community service managers help underserved communities, such as the homeless, the elderly, or the sick. While not the most highly paid profession on this list, it’s often reported to be more rewarding than the typical nine-to-five job. Social and community service managers frequently work through government programs such as Child Protective Services, but many also opt for nonprofit opportunities.