Working with kids is one of the most commendable things you can do for a living. So obviously you get paid nothing for it.

PayScale.com just put out a list of the college majors with the lowest starting salaries. Seven of them have to do with kids.

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  1. Early Childhood Education
    Median starting pay: $29,700
    Median mid-career pay: $38,000
    % change from starting to mid-career: +27.9%
  2. Child and Family Studies
    Median starting pay: $31,200
    Median mid-career pay: $38,600
    % change from starting to mid-career: +23.7%
  3. Culinary Arts
    Median starting pay: $31,900
    Median mid-career pay: $50,800
    % change from starting to mid-career: +59.2%
  4. Child Development
    Median starting pay: $32,200
    Median mid-career pay: $36,400
    % change from starting to mid-career: +13.0%
  5. Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    Median starting pay: $32,300
    Median mid-career pay: $40,400
    % change from starting to mid-career: +25.1%
  6. Social Work
    Median starting pay: $32,800
    Median mid-career pay: $46,600
    % change from starting to mid-career: +42.1%
  7. Music Teacher Education
    Median starting pay: $33,300
    Median mid-career pay: $57,500
    % change from starting to mid-career: +72.7%
  8. Elementary Education
    Median starting pay: $33,600
    Median mid-career pay: $45,500
    % change from starting to mid-career: +35.4%
  9. Broadcast Communication
    Median starting pay: $33,600
    Median mid-career pay: $61,600
    % change from starting to mid-career: +83.3%
  10. Human Services
    Median starting pay: $33,800
    Median mid-career pay: $41,300
    % change from starting to mid-career: +22.2%
  11. Culinary Arts and Culinary Management
    Median starting pay: $33,900
    Median mid-career pay: $55,300
    % change from starting to mid-career: +63.1%
  12. Exercise Science
    Median starting pay: $34,400
    Median mid-career pay: $53,400
    % change from starting to mid-career: +55.2%
  13. Special Education
    Median starting pay: $34,500
    Median mid-career pay: $46,800
    % change from starting to mid-career: +35.7%
  14. Therapeutic Recreation
    Median starting pay: $34,500
    Median mid-career pay: $46,900
    % change from starting to mid-career: +35.9%
  15. Biblical Studies
    Median starting pay: $34,900
    Median mid-career pay: $48,500
    % change from starting to mid-career: +39.0%