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Is a Master’s degree worth it?

According to a 2009-2010 survey report from the U.S. Census Bureau, recipients of master’s degrees make approximately $19,000 more than those with bachelor’s degrees.
Source: PostSecondary.org

What could be my starting pay working for the federal government?

The federal government has a General Schedule (GS) pay scale that is based upon “grades” and “steps.” The links below show how much an individual earns at each grade and step. MPA/MPP graduates usually enter the federal government at GS-9, or at GS-11 if they have relevant work experience. In 2012, a GS-9’s annual pay starts at $41,563, while a GS-11’s starts at $50,287. Federal workers are usually promoted within their grade in 1-2 “steps” per year.

You can view the whole table by clicking here. Pay is also based on cost of living (geographic area) and experience. For example, a GS-9’s annual pay in Washington, DC starts at $51,630, a GS-11 at $62,467. To see the whole table for Washington, DC, click here.

What kind of jobs do MPA/MPP graduates have when they graduate?

Glenn School graduates have taken leadership positions in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Recent Glenn School MPA and MPP graduates have become Presidential Management Fellows, city council members, campaign associates, grants administrators, senior quantitative analysts, community relations managers, fiscal/HR specialists, executive directors, director of communication and government relations program managers. We also have alumni who have become U.S. Senator, mayors, city managers and director of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.

This chart shows a few examples of positions often obtained by MPA/MPP graduates, starting with entry-level positions. Again, note that the salaries for these positions vary greatly due to a number of factors, including but not limited to work experience, location, and sector.

Position Sector Salary
Local Government Analyst State/Local Government $26,000 - $45,000
Program Coordinator Nonprofit $30,000 - $48,000
Program Assistant/Manager Nonprofit $32,000 - $63,000
Policy Analyst Nonprofit/Government $40,000 - $68,000
Statistician Nonprofit/Government $46,000 - $65,000
Research Associate NP/Gov/Private $50,000 - $60,000
Marketing/PA Specialist NP/Gov/Private $66,000 - $85,000
City Manager/Chief Administrative Officer State/Local Government $101,000 - $108,000

How are Glenn School alumni using their graduate degree?
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Portions of this article are from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration’s “What could I earn”.