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Seven engineering majors were among the 10 top paid fields
New bachelor degree graduates in the U.S. commanded an overall starting salary of $44,928 in the first quarter of 2013—up 5.3 percent over the average starting salary that their class of 2012 counterparts realized a year earlier ($42,666), according to the nonprofit National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
NACE’s April 2013 Salary Survey—the first look at starting salaries for the class of 2013—found a wide divergence by discipline, with year-over-year increases ranging from just under 2 percent to nearly 10 percent.
Average 2012-2013 Starting Salaries by Discipline(listed by percent change)
2013 Average Salary
2012 Average Salary
Math and sciences
Source: April 2013 NACE Salary Survey. The data represent accepted starting salaries (not salary offers), derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau and a master set of employer-reported data developed by Job Search Intelligence. Data for the April 2013 report were retrieved in March 2013.
Technical majors head the list of highest-paid grads for the class of 2013, according to the report. Seven engineering majors were among the 10 top paid fields.
Top-Paying Majors for 2012-2013 Bachelor's Degree Graduates
Average Starting Salary
Electrical/electronics and communications engineering
Management information systems/business
Source: April 2013 NACE Salary Survey.
“Engineering majors are consistently among the highest paid because the demand for them is so great,” said Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.
The top five industries that reported the highest number of new graduate (bachelor degree) entrants for 2013, regardless of major, were:
Stephen Miller, CEBS, is an online editor/manager for SHRM.
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