average starting salary for new college graduates earning bachelor’s degrees
has increased 5.3 percent over last year, according to a new
report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
NACE’s April 2013 Salary
Survey—the first look at starting
salaries for the Class of 2013—found
that the average starting salary for these college graduates stands at $44,928,
up from the 2012 average salary of $42,666.
“The sizable gains in several
disciplines—particularly in health sciences and business—have helped to drive
up the average starting salary for the Class of 2013,” says Marilyn Mackes,
NACE executive director.
With an increase of 9.4
percent, health sciences garnered the highest
increase among the disciplines. This jump brings the average starting salary
for these graduates to $49,713. Business also saw a large gain—7.1 percent—bumping
the average salary for these graduates to $54,234. (See Figure 1.)
Likewise, education and
computer science saw ample increases. The average starting salary for education
majors climbed 5.1 percent to $40,480, while the average salary for computer
science majors jumped to $59,977, 4.3 percent higher than last year.
percent, to $62,535), communications (3.8 percent, to $43,145), and math and
sciences (3.1 percent, to $42,724) all saw increases that exceeded 3 percent.
with degrees in humanities and social
sciences saw the smallest gain (1.9 percent, to $37,058).
An executive summary of the April 2013 Salary Survey
report is available at www.naceweb.org/salary-survey-data/.
NACE’s next report on starting salaries for Class of 2013
college graduates will be available in the September 2013 issue of Salary
2013 Average Salary
2012 Average Salary
Humanities & Social Sciences
Math & Sciences
*Source: April 2013 Salary Survey,
National Association of Colleges and Employers
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 April 2013 report were retrieved in March
2013, and represent the first look at starting salaries for the college Class
of 2013. Salary Survey is published in January, April, and September.
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