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Salary Survey - Starting Salaries by Academic Major - Class of 2015

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Starting salaries

 

The NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey is out. It reports starting salaries (excluding: bonuses, fringe benefits and commissions). 

But what this report DOES NOT tell you is how many, with what major got hired, and how long it took them to get the job. We do know that ~50% of graduates get a job that requires a degree, and the rest begin unemployed or under-employed. So it is wise to couple this information with employment data to get a true outlook as to one’s early years (at least by the averages).

The great news is that overall salary for 2015 bachelor degree graduates was $50,651, and that’s 5.2% higher than the fall survey for the Class of 2014.

Median Starting Salaries by Academic Major:

  • Agriculture: $44,000
    • Agricultural Business and Management: $49,000
    • Agricultural and Domestic Animal Services: $19,938
    • Animal Science: $38,700
    • Food Science: $44,900
    • Plant Science: $40,000
  • Natural Resources: $33,000
    • Natural Resources Conservation and Research: $35,000
    • Forestry: $35,000
    • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management: $23,000
  • Architecture and Related Services: 40,000
    • Architecture: $37,468
    • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning: $38,750
    • Landscape Architecture: $42,500
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies: $30,000
    • Area Studies: $30,000
    • Gender/Women’s Studies: $30,000
  • Communications, Journalism, and Related Programs: $35,000
    • Communication and Media Studies: $36,000
    • Journalism: $34,400
    • Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communications: $35,000
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services: 65,000
    • Computer and Information Sciences: $66,000
    • Information Science/Studies: $58,850
    • Computer Science: $65,474
    • Computer/Information Technology Administration & Mgt.: $62,571
  • Education: $36,000
    • Special Education and Teaching: $35,000
    • Student Counseling and Personnel Services: $32,500
    • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods: $34,000
    • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas: 37,000
  • Engineering: $62,000
    • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautically Engineering: $62,000
    • Agricultural Engineering: $55,250
    • Architectural Engineering: $55,000
    • Biomedical/Medical Engineering: $60,000
    • Chemical Engineering: $67,750
    • Civil Engineering: $55,622
    • Computer Engineering: $67,000
    • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering: $64,961
    • Engineering Physics: $60,678
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering: $54,806
    • Materials Engineering: $59,945
    • Mechanical Engineering: $62,500
    • Metallurgical Engineering: $62,421
    • Mining and Mineral Engineering: $65,000
    • Petroleum Engineering: $84,821
    • Systems Engineering: $65,000
    • Polymer/Plastics Engineering: $50,000
    • Industrial Engineering: $62,360
    • Geological/Geophysical Engineering: $63,656
    • Biological/Biosystems Engineering: $50,000
  • Engineering Technologies: $57,345
    • Engineering-Related Fields: $63,000
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics: $38,000
    • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics: $33,000
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences: $35,000
    • Family and Consumer Economics: $46,000
    • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services: $31,000
    • Apparel and Textiles: $37,500
  • English Language and Literature/Letters: $35,000
    • English Language and Literature: $35,000
    • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies: $36,000
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities: $45,000
    • (no individual major data reported)
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences: $34,024
    • Biology: $33,563
    • Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology: $33,200
    • Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences: $33,888
    • Microbiological Sciences and Immunology: $25,000
    • Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences: $33,000
    • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology: $36,701
    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences: $39,750
  • Mathematics and Statistics: $55,975
    • Mathematics: $54,175
    • Statistics: $76,000
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies: $40,000
    • Nutrition Sciences: $45,000
    • International/Global Studies: $60,000
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies: $31,433
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management: $41,000
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness: $30,000
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies: $35,000
    • Philosophy: $47,432
    • Religion/Religious Studies: $29,000
  • Physical Sciences: $41,375
    • Chemistry: $38,000
    • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences: $42,125
    • Physics: $56,830
  • Psychology: $32,750
    • Psychology: $32,750
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services: $28,600
    • Criminal Justice and Corrections: $28,080
  • Public Administration and Social Services Professions: $34,500
    • Public Administration: $36,750
    • Public Policy Analysis: $47,089
    • Social Work: $32,000
  • Social Sciences: $37,499
    • Social Sciences: $37,500
    • Anthropology: $37,750
    • Criminology: $40,000
    • Economics: $46,500
    • Geography and Cartography: $39,750
    • International Relations and National Security Studies: $40,000
    • Political Science and Government: $37,750
    • Sociology: $32,357
  • Transportation and Materials Moving: $27,560
    • Air Transportation: $27,560
  • Visual and Performing Arts: $35,000
    • Visual and Performing Arts: $32,500
    • Dance: $20,000
    • Design and Applied Arts: $35,500
    • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft: $30,000
    • Film/Video and Photographic Arts: $39,000
    • Fine and Studio Arts: $34,500
    • Music: $35,000
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management: $31,200
  • Health Professions and Related Programs: $43,000
    • Communications Disorders Sciences and Services: $31,000
    • Health and Medial Administrative Service: $32,250
    • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, & Treatment Professions: $33,750
    • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research & Allied Professions: $42,537
    • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration: $114,446
    • Public Health: $33,000
    • Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services: $40,436
    • Registered Nursing: $47,500
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services: $50,000
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations: $46,150
    • Accounting and Related Services: $51,000
    • Business/Managerial Economics: $54,417
    • Finance and Financial Management Service: $52,219
    • Hospitality Administration/Management: $38,333
    • Human Resources Management and Services: $44,500
    • International Business: $46,375
    • Management Information Systems and Services: $55,000
    • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (Actuarial Science): $63,748
    • Marketing: $43,789
    • Real Estate: $63,099
    • Insurance: $50,063
    • Construction Management: $53,125
  • History: $40,000

 A Note of Caution – Don’t View this in a Vacuum:

  • With the current cost of college, students MUST look at their anticipated debt at graduation and their future employment prospects in order to peek into their future. The total look into that view is a combination of:
    • What jobs you are likely to get with that major
    • Estimated time to secure said job
    • As well as initial compensation
  • These are averages; Those who conduct a better job search and bring more to the table, always do better
  • Finally, I recommend following your heart in college. If your passion is with a major that does not pay as well as you want, if that is your hearts-desire, go for it BUT:
    • Get a minor that has high employment and high compensation
    • Become a member of a student group that leads to employment

Good luck!

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