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A new survey looks at average starting salaries for those who graduated in 2011.
The overall average salary for members of the Class of 2011 was $41,701, up from $40,766 a year earlier.
The survey created eight broad employment categories and reported average 2011 grad salaries for each. Here they are, in order:
1. Engineering: $61,872
2. Computer Science: $60,594
3. Business: $48,111
4. Health Sciences: $44,955
5. Math and Sciences: $40,204
6. Communications: $39,577
7. Education: $37,830, and
8. Humanities and Social Sciences: $35,503.
All eight categories saw increases in average salary from 2010 to 2011. Computer science grads benefited most with a 4.1% jump, while math/science grads and health sciences grads saw salaries rise by 1.1% — the smallest increase among the eight groups.
The highest single salary reported by a 2011 grad: $72,594, by an engineering major. The lowest: a $28,312 annual take agreed to by a humanities grad.
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