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Technical Degrees Lead List of Top-Paid Majors for Class of 2013 Grads



September 24, 2013
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.

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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

Petroleum Engineering

$96,200

Computer Engineering

$70,300

Chemical Engineering

$66,900

Computer Science

$64,100

Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering

$63,900

Mechanical Engineering

$63,900

Electrical/Electronics and Communications Engineering

$62,500

Engineering Technology

$60,900

Management Information Systems/Business

$60,300

Logistics/Materials Management

$59,500

 

*Source: September 2013 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges & Employers

 

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