majors head the list of highest-paid majors for the college Class of 2013, according
to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
In particular, NACE’s
April 2013 Salary Survey—the
first look at starting salaries for the Class of 2013—found that seven engineering majors
are among the 10 top-paid for the college Class of 2013. (See Figure 1.)
“Engineering majors are
consistently among the highest paid because the demand for them is so great,”
says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.
far, petroleum engineering majors received the top starting salaries with an
average of $93,500, nearly $22,000 more than the second highest-paid major,
computer engineering at $71,700.
engineering majors among the top-paid are chemical engineering ($67,600),
aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering ($64,400), mechanical
engineering ($64,000), electrical/electronics and communications engineering
($63,400), and engineering technology ($62,200).
top-paid non-engineering majors are computer science, with an average starting
salary of $64,800, followed by management information systems/business
($63,100) and finance ($57,400).
executive summary of the April 2013 Salary Survey report is available at
NACE’s next report on starting salaries for Class of 2013
college graduates will be available in the September 2013 issue of Salary
Salary Survey: Salary Survey
reports starting salaries for new college graduates in more than 90 disciplines
at the bachelor’s-degree level. Data contained in the report are reported by
employers, represent accepted starting salaries (not salary offers), and are
produced through a compilation of data derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and a master set of data developed by Job
Search Intelligence. Data for the April 2013 report were retrieved in March
2013, and represent the first look at starting salaries for the college Class
of 2013. Salary Survey is published in January, April, and September.
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