BETHLEHEM, PA—Technical majors—especially those in engineering—head the list of top-paid majors for the Class of 2013, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
NACE's September 2013 Salary Survey found that seven
engineering majors are among the 10 highest-paid at the
bachelor's-degree level. (See Figure 1.)
At an average starting salary of $96,200, petroleum engineering
is far and away the highest-paid major for members of the Class of
Other engineering majors among the top 10 are computer
engineering, ($70,300, second), chemical engineering ($66,900,
third), aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering ($63,900,
fifth), mechanical engineering ($63,900, fifth),
electrical/electronics and communications engineering ($62,500,
seventh), and engineering technology ($60,900, eighth).
Computer science majors earn starting salaries that average
$64,100, the fourth highest among bachelor's-degree graduates in
2013. Other non-engineering majors whose average starting salaries
were among the highest were management information systems/business
($60,300, ninth) and logistics/materials management ($59,500,
An executive summary of the September 2013 Salary
Survey report is available at www.naceweb.org/salary-survey-data/.
NACE's final report on starting salaries for Class of 2013
college graduates will be available in the January 2014 issue of
Figure 1: Top-Paid Majors
for Class of 2013 Bachelor's Degree Graduates*
*Source: September 2013 Salary
Survey, National Association of Colleges & Employers
About 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 September 2013 report were retrieved in July 2013. Salary Survey is published in January, April, and September.
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