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  • Top-Paid Business Grads: MIS Majors

    October 12, 2016 | By NACE Staff

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    Management information systems (MIS) majors were the top-paid Class of 2015 business graduates at the bachelor’s degree level, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey.

    These majors earned an average starting salary of $58,526, up 3.6 percent from last year’s average. They were followed by finance ($56,094) and real estate ($55,827) majors. (See Figure 1.)

    Last year, MIS graduates were the third-highest business major, trailing entrepreneurial science and management science majors. (See Figure 2.) Both majors saw their average starting salary drop this year.

    For NACE’s Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey, 279 colleges and universities nationwide, representing nearly half a million graduates, provided data for Class of 2015 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree graduates. Overall, data were reported for nearly 244,000 bachelor’s degree graduates in 34 broad disciplines and 185 majors. Detailed results of the survey, which also covered first destinations for associate, master’s, and doctoral degree-level graduates, and details about outcomes by specific major, are available on NACEWeb.

    Figure 1: Top-paid Class of 2015 business majors

    Major Average Starting Salary
    Management Information Systems $58,526
    Finance $56,094
    Real Estate $55,827
    Business Economics $54,991
    Construction Management $54,787
    Management Science $54,330
    Accounting $51,426
    International Business $49,989
    Business Administration $49,494
    Entrepreneurial Operations $48,030
    Human Resources $45,038
    Marketing $43,678
    Hospitality $36,926
    Source: Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers. All data are for bachelor’s degree graduates and represent initial post-graduation outcomes as of December 31, 2015.

    Figure 2: Top-paid Class of 2014 business majors

    Major Average Starting Salary
    Entrepreneurial Operations $66,422
    Management Science $59,041
    Management Information Systems $56,470
    Construction Management $54,263
    Finance $54,086
    Business Economics $51,882
    Accounting $49,420
    Business Administration $46,830
    International Business $46,340
    Real Estate $45,949
    Marketing $43,123
    Human Resources $41,699
    Hospitality $38,569
    Source: Class of 2014 First-Destination Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers. All data are for bachelor’s degree graduates and represent initial post-graduation outcomes as of December 31, 2014.