Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsMay 1, 2013
Liberal arts and sciences/general studies and history are the top-paid liberal arts majors for Class of 2013 college graduates, according to results of NACE’s April 2013 Salary Survey.
Liberal arts and sciences/general studies majors received starting salaries that average $42,300. Educational services was the top-paying industry for these majors with starting salaries that average $42,000. History majors also topped the $40,000 mark by earning an average starting salary of $41,200. Government was the top-paying industry for these majors, with an average starting salary of $44,000.
English and visual and performing arts majors followed with average starting salaries of $39,800 and $33,400, respectively. Paying salaries that averaged $43,100, government was the top-paying industry for English majors, while visual and performing arts majors earned top pay—an average of $35,300—from employers in manufacturing.
While Salary Survey doesn’t report all positions obtained for each major, following are some of the job titles for these liberal arts graduates:
With the exception of visual and performing arts, each of the 2013 average starting salaries has gained since the April 2012 Salary Survey, when liberal arts and sciences/general studies majors received starting salaries that averaged $39,700, history majors' average salary was $38,700, and English majors received an average salary of $38,500. Meanwhile, last year at this time, visual and performing arts majors received an average starting salary of $36,400.
An executive summary of the April 2013 Salary Survey report is available at www.naceweb.org/salary-resources/salary-survey.aspx.
NACE’s next report on starting salaries for Class of 2013 college graduates will be in the September 2013 issue of Salary Survey.
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