• Salary Survey: Top-Paid Majors for the Class of 2014

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    April 16, 2014

    Engineering majors hold eight of the top 10 spots on the list of top-paid majors for Class of 2014 bachelor’s degree graduates, according to NACE's April 2014 Salary Survey.

    At the top of the list is petroleum engineering with an average starting salary of $95,300, which is $28,000 more than the next highest average starting salary. (See Figure 1.)

    Computer science and management information systems/business are the only non-engineering majors among the top-10 highest-paid at the bachelor's-degree level.

    An executive summary of the April 2014 Salary Survey report is available at www.naceweb.org/salary-resources/salary-survey.aspx.

    Figure 1: Top-Paid Majors for Class of 2014 Bachelor’s Degree Graduates

    Major Average Starting Salary
    Petroleum Engineering $95,300
    Computer Science $67,300
    Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering $67,000
    Computer Engineering $66,600
    Chemical Engineering $66,000
    Mechanical Engineering $63,100
    Engineering Technology $63,000
    Electrical/Electronics and Communications Engineering $62,300
    Management Information Systems/Business $62,100
    Civil Engineering $62,100

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