• Final Average Starting Salary for Class of 2013 Up 2.6 Percent


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    DATE:January 9, 2014
    SUBJECT:Final Average Starting Salary for Class of 2013 Up 2.6 Percent

    BETHLEHEM, PA—The final overall average starting salary for Class of 2013 bachelor’s degree graduates increased 2.6 percent to $45,633 from the final overall average of $44,482 for the Class of 2012, according to results of a survey recently conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

    NACE’s January 2014 Salary Survey is the final report on starting salaries for the college Class of 2013.

    “The overall average starting salary for the Class of 2013 is buoyed by the increases to two disciplines in particular—a 2.9 percent increase for humanities and social sciences graduates and a 2.3 percent bump for business majors,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.

    Average salaries within the other broad categories of disciplines remained essentially flat, with some groups even slipping a little from last year—albeit by decreases of less than 1 percent. (See Figure 1.)

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

    Figure 1: Average Salaries by Discipline

    Broad Category 2013 Average Salary 2012 Average Salary Percent Change
    Business $55,144 $53,900 2.3%
    Communications $44,552 $43,717 1.9%
    Computer Science $59,084 $59,221 -0.2%
    Education $40,590 $40,668 -0.2%
    Engineering $62,564 $62,655 -0.1%
    Humanities & Social Sciences $38,045 $36,988 2.9%
    Math & Sciences $42,956 $42,471 1.1%
    Overall $45,633 $44,482 2.6%

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


    About Salary Survey: Salary Survey reports starting salaries for new college graduates in more than 90 disciplines at the bachelor’s-degree level. Data contained in the report are reported by employers, represent accepted starting salaries (not salary offers), and are produced through a compilation of data derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and a master set of data developed by Job Search Intelligence. Data for the January 2014 Salary Survey report were retrieved in November 2013. Salary Survey is published in January, April, and September.

    About NACE: Since 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates. For more information, visit www.naceweb.org. NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media at http://www.naceweb.org/press-releases.aspx.


Final Average Starting Salary for Class of 2013 Up 2.6 Percent