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Estimated starting salaries for recent graduates

salaries for new graduates is positive

Have you been wondering what kind of starting salary you can expect when you graduate?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers conducted the Winter 2019 Salary Survey and provides the following projections to upcoming graduates as a ballpark figure of what they might expect.

In summary, the top-paid graduates from the Class of 2019 are engineering ($69,188), computer science ($67,539), and math and sciences degrees ($62,177). Overall, salary news is generally positive for Class of 2019 graduates.

Average salary by discipline, bachelor’s degrees

Broad Category 2019 Salary
Projection
2018 Salary
Projection
Percent
Change
Engineering $69,188 $66,521 4.0%
Computer Science $67,539 $66,005 2.3%
Math & Sciences $62,177 $61,867 0.5%
Business $57,657 $56,720 1.7%
Social Sciences $57,310 $56,689 1.1%
Humanities $56,651 $56,688 -0.1%
Agriculture & Natural Resources $55,750 $53,565 4.1%
Communications $52,056 $51,448 1.2%

While projections are based on employer data, remember that the figures do not include bonuses, commissions, benefits, or overtime, and may vary by industry and geographic region.

If you plan on accepting a job offer soon, consider attending the Career Center’s upcoming event Negotiating Your First Job from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. on November 6. You’ll learn from a panel of human resources specialists who will discuss negotiating for positions, factors that might be discussed during the decision-making process, and how to negotiate from a place of power.

For more detailed information on starting salaries in your industry, geographic region and for your skills and experience, consider scheduling an appointment with your career advisor.

 

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