Engineering Grads Lead as Starting Salaries Rise

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In May, I wrote about research from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce that found that those who major in engineering, computer science or business will earn in their lifetime as much as 50 percent more than those who major in the humanities, the arts, education and psychology.


They'll start out fresh from college making more. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that the starting salary for the college class of 2011 is $51,018, up 4.8 percent from the 2010 starting salary of $48,661.


Among all the disciplines whose average changed, it only got better. Said Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director:

The steady increases in starting salary offers we're seeing this year is a good indication that the job market for new college graduates is gathering strength.

Petroleum engineering grads led the pack with offers up 8.1 percent to $80,849. Computer engineering majors were second with offers up 7.6 percent to $64,499. Among others:

  • computer science majors, up 3.7 percent to $63,402
  • electrical engineering, up 2.8 percent to $61,021
  • mechanical engineering, up 3.2 percent to $60,345
  • information sciences and systems, up 4.4 percent to $57,499
  • economics, up 6 percent to $53,906
  • finance, up 4 percent to $52,351
  • accounting, up 2 percent to $49,671
  • business, up 3 percent to $48,694

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