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Q: What Major Has the Highest Starting Salary? A: Engineering

By March 17, 20103 Comments

The Wall Street Journal published a really cool article about how there just may be a silver lining to the current job market.  The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) just conducted their Winter 2010 Salary Survey…. and guess what? (answers after the jump)

Engineers take up nearly every top slot for highest average salary offer!  While the average starting salary for all bachelor’s degree graduates was $48, 351…. Engineers top the chart at one-and-one-half times that at $86,220!


Average Salary Offer

Petroleum Engineering $86,220
Chemical Engineering $65,142
Mining & Mineral Engineering (incl. geological) $64,552
Computer Science $61,205
Computer Engineering $60,879
Electrical/Electronics & Communications Engineering $59,074
Mechanical Engineering $58,392
Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering $57,734
Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering $57,231
Information Sciences & Systems $54,038

Source: Winter 2010 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers.Data represent offers to bachelor’s degree candidates where 10 or more offers were reported.

Check out the Wall Street Journal Article or the NACE source for even more info.

Go Engineers!

Paul Ledesma

As Executive Director, Paul oversees Undergraduate Admission for all programs at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He was born and raised in southern California and is a lifetime Dodgers fan. He enjoys traveling (Italy may be a second home), discovering new restaurants in LA (tacos anyone?), and while he may not qualify as a bonafide movie-buff, he loves movies (especially comic book movies). He studied Psychology for his bachelor's degree, minored in Public Management, and was active in leadership for community service groups Troy Camp and Dance Marathon while attending USC. When he's not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and rescued pup and kitty in Redondo Beach, CA. (well, maybe not the cat so much) Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his


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