• Engineering Dominates List of Top-Paid Majors for Class of 2013 Grads

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    January 22, 2014

    Seven of the 10 top-paid majors for Class of 2013 bachelor’s degree graduates are engineering majors, according to NACE’s January 2014 Salary Survey—the final report on starting salaries for the college Class of 2013.

    The January 2014 Salary Survey found that petroleum engineering once again is by far the highest-paid major for the Class of 2013. This has been the case in NACE’s September 2013 and April 2013 Salary Survey reports, as well.

    In the January report, the average starting salary for petroleum engineering is nearly $27,000 more than the average starting salary for computer engineering, which is the second highest-paid major for Class of 2013 graduates. (See Figure 1.)

    Other engineering majors among the top 10 are chemical engineering, aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical/electronics and communications engineering, and engineering technology.

    Meanwhile, computer science, management information systems/business, and logistics/materials management are the non-engineering majors whose average starting salaries were among the highest for Class of 2013 bachelor’s degree graduates.

    Data for the January 2014 Salary Survey report were retrieved in November 2013. An executive summary of the January 2014 Salary Survey report is available at www.naceweb.org/salary-resources/salary-survey.aspx or through the MyNACE area of NACEWeb.

    Figure 1: Top-Paid Majors for Class of 2013 Bachelor’s Degree Graduates

    Major Average Starting
    Petroleum Engineering $97,000
    Computer Engineering $70,900
    Chemical Engineering $67,500
    Computer Science $64,700
    Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering $64,500
    Mechanical Engineering $64,500
    Electrical/Electronics and Communications Engineering $63,000
    Engineering Technology $61,500
    Management Information Systems/Business $60,700
    Logistics/Materials Management $59,800

    Source: January 2014 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers. All data are for bachelor’s degree graduates.