Using NACE’s Salary Survey report, Andrea Koncz offers a historical perspective on starting salaries to new college graduates from 1960 through 2015. The overall economy, corporate scandals, new legal requirements, the dot-com bubble and burst—a variety of factors have affected the rise and fall of starting salaries for new college graduates over the past half century. Overall, in real terms, bachelor’s degree level salaries have risen 5.9 percent since 1960.
Class of 2015 bachelor’s degree graduates earned an average starting salary of $50,219—up 4.3 percent from their Class of 2014 counterparts’ overall average salary of $48,127—according to results of NACE’s Spring 2016 Salary Survey.
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