Recent studies reveal that systemic barriers continue to limit progress on achieving pay equity for all, but there are tangible, proven ways that career centers and employers can make an impact.
There is good news for the Class of 2024: Salary projections for all reported groups of majors are higher than the projections reported for the Class of 2023
What is the value of earning an advanced degree? In terms of salary, some Class of 2022 majors benefited significantly by earning a master’s degree.
The overall average starting salary for Class of 2022 graduates who earned bachelor’s degree is up 7.4%, climbing to $60,028 from $55,911 for the Class of 2021.
Early data from a forthcoming NACE study indicate that the gender pay gap has widened over the past year, with female graduates now earning just 72 cents to every dollar earned by male graduates, down from around 81 cents.
Signed into law in 1963, the Equal Pay Act prohibits pay discrimination based on sex. However, 60 years since the passage of the law, women continue to experience a pay gap, relative to men.
What is the advantage of obtaining a master’s degree? In terms of average starting salary, that advantage has been declining in recent years.
All reported categories of majors at the master’s degree level show projected increases for the Class of 2023.
The unusual and uncertain times experienced by the college Class of 2021 in its final year was reflected in its outcomes, which improved from last year, but remained down from pre-pandemic levels, according to NACE’s First Destinations for the College Class of 2021 report.
The average salary projection for computer sciences graduates at the bachelor’s degree level is expected to be lower than last year, but these grads remain in high demand.
The overall average salary for Class of 2021 graduates is $55,911, which is only 1.2% higher than that for the Class of 2020 ($55,260). The fact that the increase in starting salary is small may simply be a case of timing as the Class of 2021 was still experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the job market.
The average hourly wage for 2020-21 bachelor’s level interns and co-ops was identical at $20.82, according to results of NACE’s 2022 Internship & Co-op Survey Report.
When a candidate is put in a situation to name a salary or negotiate a salary provided by the employer, the candidate is not being paid based on their merit and skills but rather on how well they handle a negotiation discussion.
The top-paid categories for Class of 2021 master’s degree graduates were computer sciences and engineering, according to results of NACE’s Summer 2022 Salary Survey, which is the final salary report for the Class of 2021. (See Figure 1.)
"When setting intern salaries, factors such as students’ major, functional area, degree, and year of study are important considerations.
Students who took paid internships or co-ops were more likely to receive an offer of full-time employment and a higher salary offer from their employers than were students who took unpaid internships or co-ops, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2015 Student Survey.
In terms of a college graduate’s starting salary, earning a master’s degree can make a substantial difference.
In comparing both the first destinations and the lifelong professional outcomes for women and men, there are some notable disparities, including in pay. What part can higher ed play in eliminating the gender pay gap?
What are the projected top-paid Class of 2017 engineering majors? Chemical engineers at the bachelor’s level and software engineers among master’s graduates.
A study of the average starting salary offers illustrates the imbalance in earning potential between men and women on the basis of academic major.
The College Scorecard limits post-graduate information to salary for the school as a whole. In this article, NACE's research director looks at how three factors—type of school, demographics, and academic program—affect salary results.
Management information systems majors are projected to have the highest starting salary among Class of 2020 business graduates earning bachelor’s degrees.
While engineering, computer science, and math and sciences degrees continue to be the highest earning bachelor’s degrees, the individual average projections for these degrees appear to have leveled.
There is very little differentiation in the average salaries for each of the career services positions until one gets to the management level.
Class of 2022 bachelor’s degree graduates earning degrees in the computer sciences are expected to command top dollar, according to the Winter 2022 Salary Survey, published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
The final overall average starting salary for the Class of 2019 is $53,889, which is up 5.8 percent over the final average starting salary of $50,944 for the Class of 2018.
Computer sciences majors have the highest starting salary at the master’s-degree level for the Class of 2019, while business grads are the top-paid at the doctoral level.
Transportation and materials moving majors earned the highest average starting salary by far among Class of 2019 associate degree graduates.
The average starting salary projections for all reported categories of majors for Class of 2021 bachelor’s degree graduates show increases, albeit some of them are on the smaller side.
Data from NACE’s Winter 2021 Salary Survey show the value of computer sciences majors in the current job market.
Starting salaries are expected to increase among many master’s degree majors this year.
The final overall average starting salary for the college Class of 2020 landed at $55,260—2.5% above the final average starting salary for the Class of 2019.
What value can a master’s degree have over a bachelor’s degree? For certain majors, the differential in starting salaries is substantial.
Taken from current NACE research, this is an at-a-glance list of average starting salaries for new college graduates (bachelor’s degree level) and director-level career services and recruiting professionals, plus some benefits and expectations information.
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.
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Does salary matter to graduates from the college Class of 2021? No … and yes, according to students responding to NACE’s 2021 Student Survey.
Average starting salary projections for the Class of 2022 range from an increase of 5.4% to a decrease of 14.8%.
There are many factors that contribute to the gender pay gap and severe consequences of long-term inequity in pay.
Increasing salary transparency in general and including information on potential payroll deductions can go a long way towards a more equitable work environment.