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NACE Salary Survey Fall 2011

NACE salary survey logo: Starting salaries for new college graduates; data reported by employers


 Starting Salary Offers:
National Averages

 Accounting $49,407
 Business Administration/Mgmt.  $46,372
 Economics $53,690
 Finance $51,503
 Marketing/Marketing Mgmt. $42,923
 Computer Science $66,084
 Chemical Engineering
 Civil Engineering
 Computer Engineering $62,849
 Electrical/Electronics Engineering
 $60, 411
 Mechanical Engineering
 Petroleum Engineering
 English $40,162
 History $40,788



Additional disciplines:

DisciplineAverage salary (change from last survey)
Number of offers reported
Communications majors (includes Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations/Organizational Communications ) $34,775 (+360)
Education majors (includes Elementary Teacher Education,  Physical Education Teaching/Coaching, Pre-Elementary Teacher Education, Secondary Education, Special Education and Specific Academic/Vocational Teacher Education) $34,316 (-551)
Biological Sciences/ Life Sciences
$50,493 (+1,271)
Hospitality Services Management (incl. Hotel/Motel/Restaurant Management)$46,987 (+304)
Parks/ Recreation, Leisure/ Fitness Studies & Related Programs
$34,576 (+278)


All data are for the bachelor's degree level.

Source: Fall 2011 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Reprinted with permission of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder. All rights reserved.