College majors and their starting salaries

Your first job out of college sets the tone for the rest of your professional life, from what you do to how much you earn. Here's what you can expect those first paychecks to look like.

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Oct 31, 2013 11:27PM
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how bout' us mechanics, (diesel)  the blue collar field is really lacking!! not too many kids turning wrench's today, i work for caterpillar in ny, base salary of 60 grand w/a 40 hr work week, mon-fri weekends off, not too mention great benefits and retirement! too many people often overlook the blue collar field for a great way to make a living.
Nov 1, 2013 10:43AM
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If 8.7% of Computer Science graduates can't find work why do we need to import so many? And why do the Democrats AND the Republicans feel the need to DRAMATICALLY increase the number we import from 85,000 a year to 180,000 a year (3 year visas with 3 year renewals).

NO MORE H1B!!!!!

Oct 31, 2013 7:42PM
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My son just got his BSN and and was hired as Pediatric ICU Nurse before he graduated.  Nursing is definitely a good field to choose.
Nov 1, 2013 11:31AM
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Colleges and Universities are factories...I mean businesses. They don't care about student's education they only care about keeping their enrollment up. The truth is, job markets are way oversaturated with high level service jobs. This makes College not worth it for most majors, but the problem is if everyone goes into Medical or STEM majors than those majors are completely devalued to junk status and we are back where we started. 

 

The main problem for the near future will be that the increase in technology, decreases the need for human workers and with more people being born, everybody except for a very small few will be unemployed.   

Nov 1, 2013 12:22PM
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"Overall, students who confine their studies to the arts, humanities, and human services can expect to earn less than those who major in technical fields like engineering, math and computers, the sciences, and business."

 

Computers aside, this observation wasn't news in 1913, let alone in 2013.

Nov 13, 2013 9:07PM
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Do what I did, Get into a trade apprenticeship, The Unions pay for your schooling, usually a 4 year program. Us millwrights make on average with the U.S.W. 65,000-75,000 a year, you can make well in access of 100,000 if your willing to travel the country for work, doing mostly shutdown or demolition work. As machines start to replace the work of a man more and more, there will always be the need for a man, or woman, to build or repair these machines, that's what millwrights do. I work beside a lot of Industrial Electricians, who make a little more, There is also a high demand for Electrical Instrument Repair technicians (E&I), who make even more money. These 3 trades will always be in high demand so long as we relie on machines to do our work for us. You'll make more money than any of these degrees listed here and wont be left with any student loans to pay off.
Nov 1, 2013 11:16AM
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Most of the college majors prepare a student for watching TV in their parent's basement until they are 50.  Then somebody dies and they get to move upstairs.
Dec 31, 2013 9:38PM
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"W-a-a-a-a-h!! I majored in ancient Swahili poetry and now I'm broke, while other people majored in practical fields and now have jobs. THEY OWE ME the money that they STOLE from me by making the right choices."

Ummm... No.
Nov 1, 2013 10:13AM
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I guess there was no point of listing starting salaries for Mechanical Engineers.  Since we no longer make anything in this country, there is no need for them!
Nov 2, 2013 7:38AM
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The H1N1 visa to bring people here for jobs that an American student with an associate degree and three months of on the job training can do is just a tunnel for human trafficking. Another example of betrayal by the political elite. Immigration is not all bad; I am an immigrant
Nov 1, 2013 5:48AM
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My starting salary with a degree in computer science was $27K in 1989.   I checked with an inflation calculator that shows that 1989 amount equal to $50,9493.40 in today's dollars which compares favourably with the article.   I left the field after 21 years with an ending salary of $84K.  I decided the work was too hard for the compensation I received what with the oncall duties and requests to work on weekends.  It was like working two jobs so the compensation turned out not to be all that great.  If I wanted a second job, I would have gone out and got one. Software development is a challenging field since you rarely develop the same thing twice.  Even maintenance can be quite challenging.  I would want more than $50K to start now if I was going to get into software development. 

 
Nov 3, 2013 4:17PM
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Remember, these wages they list are only "starting salaries".  I majored in Accounting at a tiny no name public college in the Midwest.    Eventually I started my own small business and last year I made almost $1 million in salary,  and haven't made less than $500k a year each year for the past 12 years.
Nov 1, 2013 10:48AM
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Accounting starting at $43,000 good luck with that.  With all the accountants being cut with 2 and 3 years experience during the financial collapse a new grad has some huge hills to climb just to find a job most has to do with the 2 to 3 years experience all companies are asking for, and guess what they are getting it because those are the people that were laid off.  not too mention most of those people are making less because of the supply of people looking for jobs with 2 and 3 years experience.
Oct 31, 2013 4:41PM
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The point of this article is that unless you have a technical education you are stuck.  
Oct 31, 2013 8:50PM
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I don't know where this author got his figures from but in Kentucky, elementary teachers start with a salary of $41,000. Teachers who have a Master's degree starts with a salary of $48,000. And Kentucky is just average; there are many states with higher starting teacher salaries than Kentucky.
Nov 1, 2013 11:05AM
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This is not true.  I graduated with a degree in European History and had no desire to teach.  I wanted the education.  And because of that when anyone asks me what one does  with a degree in history, my answer has always been "anything I want."  My first job was as a server in a popular restaurant.  I went on to a successful career in business.  And now, I'm happily retired, early too.  I never believed I was "entitled;" I worked for it and I earned it.
Nov 1, 2013 6:52AM
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How much for a 13th century Russian literature major with a minor in drama?  And a quarter million dollars in government loan debt?

If your family has the right connections, you could land a high level federal government position I suppose.

Dec 26, 2013 2:09PM
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Something this article totally misses is what happens after the entry salary. Some jobs start off at  good pay but have little growth. Other jobs such as business management start lower and have the opportunity for steady progression until they are several multiples above the ones that had the best starting pay.
Nov 1, 2013 9:25AM
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This is interesting but I would love to see these averages done by state. In Texas, I started out well above the average earnings listed here for a Biology degree. My sister is majoring in Journalism and I'm curious about that figure for Texas.
Dec 31, 2013 9:15PM
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how about do some research on your career field see if there is a demand for the job !!!! if there is none you are wasting your time  ..... perhaps that  was your intent in the first place !!!!
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