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Petroleum engineering is the highest-paid college major for the class of 2013, with grads receiving an average starting salary of $93,500, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ April 2013 salary survey. Engineering majors dominated the list, representing seven out of the 10 highest-paid bachelor’s level degrees.
“Engineering majors are consistently among the highest paid because the demand for them is so great,” said NACE Executive Director Marilyn Mackes.
Here’s the top list:
- Petroleum engineering: $93,500
- Computer engineering: $71,700
- Chemical engineering: $67,600
- Computer science: $64,800
- Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering: $64,400
- Mechanical engineering: $64,000
- Electrical/electronics and communications engineering: $63,400
- Management information systems/business: $63,100
- Engineering technology: $62,200
- Finance: $57,400
NACE compiles the report using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau and a master data set developed by Job Search Intelligence.