• Starting Salaries Up 1.2 Percent for Class of 2014 Grads

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    April 2, 2014

    The average starting salary for new college graduates earning bachelor’s degrees has increased 1.2 percent over last year, according to NACE’s April 2014 Salary Survey.

    The survey—the first look at starting salaries for the Class of 2014—found that the average starting salary for these college graduates stands at $45,473, up from the 2013 average salary of $44,928.

    With an increase of 3.7 percent, health sciences garnered the highest increase among the disciplines for the Class of 2014, while humanities and social sciences and computer science trailed closely with gains of 3.5 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively. (See Figure 1.)

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


    Figure 1: Average Salaries by Discipline

    Discipline 2014 Average Salary 2013 Average Salary Percent Change
    Business $53,901 $54,234 -0.6%
    Communications $43,924 $43,145 1.8%
    Computer Science $61,741 $59,977 2.9%
    Education $40,863 $40,480 0.9%
    Engineering $62,719 $62,535 0.3%
    Health Sciences $51,541 $49,713 3.7%
    Humanities & Social Sciences $38,365 $37,058 3.5%
    Math & Sciences $43,414 $42,724 1.6%
    Overall $45,473 $44,928 1.2%

    Source: April 2014 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers


Starting Salaries Up 1.2 Percent for Class of 2014 Grads