• Average Starting Salary for
    Class of 2015 Climbs 5.2 Percent


    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    November 18, 2015


    Overall, the average starting salary for a bachelor's degree graduate from the Class of 2015 stands at $50,651, according to NACE's Fall 2015 Salary Survey.

    That's a 5.2 percent increase over the $48,127 average starting salary posted by Class of 2014 bachelor's degree graduates.

    Although it is early in the reporting cycle, starting salaries for the Class of 2015 are generally positive. The data, representing actual starting salaries, are early results provided by 60 colleges and universities taking part in the Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey, which closes December 31, 2015.

    Currently among Class of 2015 bachelor's degree graduates, computer and information sciences majors are earning the highest average starting salary. (See Figure 1.) Their average starting salary is $65,849, up nearly 6 percent from $62,194 in 2014.

    Engineering and business graduates are also faring well, although their current averages fall slightly below those posted in 2014.

    At this juncture, the average starting salary for those in liberal arts/general studies ($50,116) is far outpacing the 2014 average ($41,605), but data are extremely limited.

    The Fall 2015 Salary Survey is available to members in MyNACE. An executive summary report is available at www.naceweb.org/salary-resources/salary-survey.aspx.

    Final starting salary data for the Class of 2015 will be available in the Spring 2016 Salary Survey.

    Salary projections for the Class of 2016 will be available in the Winter 2016 Salary Survey.

    Figure 1: Average salaries by discipline for bachelor's degree graduates

    Broad Category # of Salaries Mean 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
    Computer and Information Sciences 705 $65,849 $54,000 $65,000 $73,000
    Engineering 3,880 $61,819 $55,000 $62,000 $67,000
    Liberal Arts and Sciences 264 $50,116 $35,000 $45,000 $65,000
    Business 4,922 $49,536 $40,000 $50,000 $56,762
    Social Sciences 458 $39,931 $30,088 $37,499 $48,000
    History 76 $37,957 $31,000 $40,000 $44,500
    Visual and Performing Arts 211 $36,041 $27,750 $35,000 $42,250
    Psychology 334 $35,108 $27,500 $32,750 $40,000
    English 149 $34,702 $24,000 $35,000 $40,600
    Source: Fall 2015 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers. All data are for bachelor's degree level graduates.