HigherEdMorning.comWhich college majors are at the top of the salary survey?

Which college majors are at the top of the salary survey?

April 23, 2010 by Jacob Hawley
Posted in: In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views

A new survey shows one major dominates the list of top-paid bachelor’s degrees. 

Engineering majors account for eight of the 10 most highly paid degrees, says the Winter 2010 Salary Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

The non-engineering degrees: computer science and information science. (See our previous story on computer science majors here.)

With a starting salary of $86,220, petroleum engineering tops the list – more than 1.5 times the average starting salary reported for bachelor’s degree graduates as a whole.

Why the high pay? It’s simple supply and demand. New graduates in technical fields are comparatively rare – for instance, petroleum engineers account for less than 1% of all bachelor’s degrees – and companies need their skill sets.

You can find the full list here.

How do these numbers compare with your graduating class? Let us know in the comments section.

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