Here are the latest figures for average starting salaries.
* Chemical engineering: up 5.4% to $59,361
* Computer engineering: up 4.8% to $56,201
* Mechanical engineering: up 4.6% to $54,128
* Electrical engineering: up 3.2% to $55,292
* Civil engineering: up 5.4% to $48,509
* Computer science: up 4.1% to $53,396
* Information science: up 4.6% to $50,852
* Economics: $48,483 (new to the list)
* Finance: $47,239 (new to the list)
* Information systems: up 4.2% to $47,648
* Marketing: up 6.1% to $40,161
* Accounting: up 2.3% to $46,718
* Business administration: up 3.9% to $43,701
* Political science: up 5.9% to $34,590
* English: up 5.3% to $32,553
* Psychology: up 4.7% to $31,631
* Sociology: up 3.5% to $32,033
* History: up 3.3% to $33,768
Granted that my work location offers salaries somewhat below our New York City counterparts, I get the impression from talking to people in my department that the salaries of people who have been here for a while are on par with these starting salaries, and recent grads might even see something significantly lower. If I were to move to a different department — one that makes money for the company — that may not be the case.
NACE Salary Survey [National Association of Colleges and Employers]
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published July 12, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.