• Salary Survey: Engineering Dominates List of Top-Paying Majors

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    April 3, 2013

    Engineering majors claimed seven spots on the list of top-10 paying majors for 2012-13 bachelor’s degree graduates, according to NACE’s April 2013 Salary Survey.

    By far, petroleum engineering majors received the top starting salaries with an average of $93,500, more than $20,000 more than the second highest-paid major, computer engineering at $71,700.

    Other engineering majors among the highest-paid are chemical engineering ($67,600), aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering ($64,400), mechanical engineering ($64,000), electrical/electronics and communications engineering ($63,400), and engineering technology ($62,200).

    The top-paying non-engineering majors are computer science, with an average starting salary of $64,800, followed by management information systems/business ($63,100) and finance ($57,400).

    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 in the September 2013 issue of Salary Survey.
    Top-Paying Majors for 2012-13

Salary Survey: Engineering Dominates List of Top-Paying Majors