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  • Management Consulting Top-Paying Industry for Class of 2018

    January 22, 2018 | By NACE Staff

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    Management consulting is the top-paying industry for Class of 2018 bachelor’s-degree graduates, according to NACE’s Winter 2018 Salary Survey report.

    Employers in the management consulting industry expect to pay new graduate hires salaries that average $67,569. They are closely followed by employers in the chemical (pharmaceutical) manufacturing industry, who plan to pay their new college hires an average of $65,669.

    Other top-paying industries for Class of 2018 bachelor’s-degree graduates are information ($63,902); finance, insurance, and real estate ($63,836); and engineering services ($63,624).

    The Winter 2018 Salary Survey contains annual salary projections for Class of 2018 college graduates. Data from the survey were obtained by surveying NACE employer members from August 9, 2017, through December 4, 2017. A total of 196 surveys were returned—a 23.9 percent response rate. NACE members can access the full report through MyNACE.

    Figure 1: Top-Paying Industries, Bachelor’s Degrees

    Industry Average Salary Projection
    Management Consulting $67,569
    Chemical (Pharmaceutical) Manufacturing $65,669
    Information $63,902
    Finance, Insurance & Real Estate $63,836
    Engineering Services $63,624
    Source: Winter 2018 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers