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The average salary for 2013 college graduates with bachelor’s degrees rose to $44,928, up 5.3 percent from the class of 2012’s average salary of $42,666, according to results from a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
“The sizable gains in several disciplines — particularly in health sciences and business — have helped to drive up the average starting salary for the Class of 2013,” said Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.
Starting salaries rose across the board, from just under 2 percent to nearly 10 percent.
Health sciences garnered the highest increase among the disciplines at 9.4 percent, bringing the average starting salary for these graduates to $49,713. Grads with degrees in humanities and social sciences saw the smallest gain, 1.9 percent to $37,058.
The average 2013 starting salaries, ranked by salary increase, are:
- Health sciences: +9.4 percent to $49,713
- Business: +7.1 percent to $54,234
- Education: +5.1 percent to $40,480
- Computer science: +4.3 percent to $59,977
- Engineering: +4.0 percent to $62,535
- Communications: +3.8 percent to $43,145
- Math and sciences: +3.1 percent to $42,724
- Humanities & Social Sciences: +1.9 percent to $37,058
The report is produced using data retrieved in March 2013 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau and a master data set developed by Job Search Intelligence.