majors—particularly those in engineering—dominated the list of top-paying
majors in 2012, according to a new report by the National Association of
Colleges and Employers (NACE).
NACE’s January 2013 Salary
that six engineering majors were among the 10
highest-paid at the bachelor’s-degree level. (See Figure 1.)
“This is not surprising
since the supply of these graduates is low, but the demand for them is so high,”
says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.
At an average starting
salary of $70,400, computer engineering was the highest-paid major in 2012.
Other engineering majors that were among the top 10 were chemical engineering,
($66,400, second), aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering ($64,000,
fourth), mechanical engineering ($62,900, fifth), electrical/electronics and
communications engineering ($62,300, sixth), and civil engineering ($57,600,
Computer science majors
earned starting salaries that averaged $64,400, the third most among
bachelor’s-degree graduates in 2012. Other non-engineering majors whose average
starting salaries were among the highest were finance ($57,300, eighth),
construction science/management ($56,600, ninth), and information sciences and
systems ($56,100, 10th).
executive summary of the January 2013 Salary Survey report is available
NACE’s first report on starting salaries for Class of 2013
college graduates will be available in the April 2013 issue of Salary
Salary Survey: Salary Survey
reports starting salaries for new college graduates in more than 90 disciplines
at the bachelor’s-degree level. Data contained in the report are reported by
employers, represent accepted starting salaries (not salary offers), and are
produced through a compilation of data derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and a master set of data developed by Job
Search Intelligence. Data for the January 2013 report were retrieved in November
2012, and reflect the final results for the Class of 2012. Salary Survey
is published in January, April, and September.
NACE: Since 1956, the National Association of Colleges and
Employers (NACE) has been the leading source of information about the
employment of college graduates. For more information, visit www.naceweb.org.
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