Starting Salaries For New College Graduates in 2012
Do you know what the job market is paying for your major? According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' (NACE) latest Salary Survey report, these were the actual starting salaries for new college graduates as reported by employer in 2013, by major.
The NACE report contains employer-based data from approximately 400,000 employers gathered from government and other sources, and the data are actual starting salaries, not offers.
Humanities & Social Sciences $36,988 - It was the field with the slowest average increase between 2011 and 2012: Only 2 percent.
Education $40,668 - More recent graduates were hired in this field than in any other in 2012, and salaries increased 5.4 percent. Special and vocational education were the best paid careers.
Math & Sciences $42,471 - Architects received the largest increase in their salaries, but construction management is the best paid career with an average yearly salary of $56,600.
Communications $43,717 - Journalism is still in crisis but those who managed to find a job in this field started with a better salary than in 2011. However, Public Relations is the best paid career in this field and recent graduates earned an average of $47.200.
Health Sciences $49,196 - Nursing graduates earned the best salaries, around $52.200.
Business $53,900 - Finance was the best paid career but the biggest increase was for Marketing graduates.
Computer Science $59,221 - Computer Science graduates got better salaries than Information Sciences students.
Engineering $61,913 - Aerospace engineers were the best paid and Civil Engineers received the smallest increase.