• Technical Degrees Lead List of Top-Paid Majors for Class of 2013 Grads

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    September 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 1.)

    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, eighth).

    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 www.naceweb.org/salary-survey-data/.

    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*


    Average Starting Salary

    Petroleum Engineering


    Computer Engineering


    Chemical Engineering


    Computer Science


    Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering


    Mechanical Engineering


    Electrical/Electronics and Communications Engineering


    Engineering Technology


    Management Information Systems/Business


    Logistics/Materials Management


    *Source: September 2013 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges & Employers