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Top-Paid Majors for the Class of 2011

By SHRM Online staff  4/13/2011

Among the U.S. college class of 2011, engineering dominates the list of top-paid majors, according to the Spring 2011 Salary Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Engineering majors account for seven of the top 10 spots on the list. The only non-engineering major among the top-five highest-paid is computer science, which is second on the list.

“That four of the top five top-paid majors are engineering and all received average starting salary offers in excess of $60,000 strongly indicates the continued high demand for these graduates,” commented Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. “Furthermore, the entire top-10 list underscores the interest employers have in hiring technical majors.”

Top-Paid Majors for 2010-11 Bachelor’s Degree Graduates


Average Salary Offer
(where 10 or more offers
were reported)

Chemical engineering


Computer science


Mechanical engineering


Electrical/electronics & communications engineering


Computer engineering


Industrial/manufacturing engineering


Systems engineering


Engineering technology


Information sciences & systems


Business systems networking/telecommunications


Source: NACE Spring 2011 Salary Survey. All data are for bachelor’s degree candidates.

The NACE salary survey is a quarterly report of starting salary offers to new U.S. college graduates in 70 disciplines at the bachelor's degree level. The survey compiles data from college and university career services offices nationwide.

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