Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsSpotlight for Recruiting ProfessionalsSeptember 18, 2013
Technical majors-especially those in
engineering-head the list of top-paid majors for the Class of 2013,
according to NACE's September 2013 Salary Survey.
Seven engineering majors are among
the 10 highest-paid at the bachelor's-degree level. (See Figure
At an average starting salary of
$96,200, petroleum engineering is far and away the highest-paid
major for members of the Class of 2013.
Other engineering majors among the
top 10 are computer engineering, ($70,300, second), chemical
engineering ($66,900, third), aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical
engineering ($63,900, fifth), mechanical engineering ($63,900,
fifth), electrical/electronics and communications engineering
($62,500, seventh), and engineering technology ($60,900,
Computer science majors earn
starting salaries that average $64,100, the fourth highest-paid among
bachelor's-degree graduates in 2013. Other non-engineering majors
whose average starting salaries were among the highest were
management information systems/business ($60,300, ninth) and
logistics/materials management ($59,500, 10th).
An executive summary of the
September 2013 Salary Survey report is available at
NACE's final report on starting
salaries for Class of 2013 college graduates will be available in
the January 2014 issue of Salary Survey.
Figure 1: Top-Paid Majors
for Class of 2013 Bachelor's Degree Graduates*
*Source: September 2013 Salary
Survey, National Association of Colleges & Employers
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