Technical Degrees Lead List of Top-Paid Majors for Class of 2013 Grads
Technical majors-especially those in engineering-head the list of top-paid majors for the Class of 2013, according to NACE’s September 2013 Salary Survey.
Seven engineering majors are among the 10 highest-paid at the bachelor’s-degree level. (See Figure 1.)
At an average starting salary of $96,200, petroleum engineering is far and away the highest-paid major for members of the Class of 2013.
Other engineering majors among the top 10 are computer engineering, ($70,300, second), chemical engineering ($66,900, third), aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering ($63,900, fifth), mechanical engineering ($63,900, fifth), electrical/electronics and communications engineering ($62,500, seventh), and engineering technology ($60,900, eighth).
Computer science majors earn starting salaries that average $64,100, the fourth highest-paid among bachelor’s-degree graduates in 2013. Other non-engineering majors whose average starting salaries were among the highest were management information systems/business ($60,300, ninth) and logistics/materials management ($59,500, 10th).
An executive summary of the September 2013 Salary Survey report is available at www.naceweb.org/salary-survey-data/.
NACE’s final report on starting salaries for Class of 2013 college graduates will be available in the January 2014 issue of Salary Survey.
Figure 1: Top-Paid Majors for Class of 2013 Bachelor’s Degree Graduates*
|Major||Average Starting Salary|
|Electrical/Electronics and Communications Engineering||$62,500|
|Management Information Systems/Business||$60,300|
*Source: September 2013 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges & Employers