• Class of 2014: Top-Paid Engineering Majors

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    June 18, 2014

    Petroleum engineering majors were the top-paid among Class of 2014 engineering graduates at the bachelor’s degree level, according to results of NACE’s April 2014 Salary Survey.

    Petroleum engineering majors earned the highest average starting salary at $95,300, followed by aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering majors at $67,000. (See Figure 1.) In all, Class of 2014 graduates in nine engineering majors earned average starting salaries that exceed $60,000.

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

    Figure 1: Starting salary by academic major, engineering majors

    Major Average 2014 Salary
    Petroleum engineering $95,300
    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
    Civil engineering $62,100
    Industrial/manufacturing engineering $61,400
    Bioengineering and biomedical engineering $43,200

    Source: April 2014 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers