Starting Salary Range for College Grads in 8 Fields

NACE recently published the survey results of starting salaries for new college graduates in 2013.

Guess who leads the Salary Range? It’s engineering Majors. I would have guessed Business.

Survey Methodology: Data contained in the NACE Salary Survey are produced through a compilation of data derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, and a master data set developed by Job Search Intelligence.  Data for the January 2013 Salary Survey report were retrieved in November 2012, and were compiled using a proprietary methodology created by Job Search intelligence.

Salary Range for New College Grads 2013

Report contains starting salary range for 8 different fields.

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Science
  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Math and Science


new college grads starting salary

NACE – Starting Salary 2013 Report

Chemical and Petroleum Engineers usually top the list of Salaries in Engineering Field.

  • Lowest range is for Humanities and Social Science – $29,644
  • Highest range is for Engineering  at $73,387 and Computer Science at $69,859

Even though this data is for New college grads with Bachelors degrees, based on my experience for Masters degree starting Salaries for Engineering and Computer Science is comparable.

I have shared my personal salary during Internship and first job right after completing Masters in Dollars and Dreams Course.

Next – 10 Best College Majors for a Lucrative Career


  1. Srivathsa on February 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    The Min & Max salaries differs from place to place in US so are their taxes. In CA it is 80K to 110K for Masters with good acadamics.
    All said and done life is boring and mechanical and only when in your own place (country) you enjoy the green bucks.

  2. Subham on February 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Living expense 500-700 bucks? For a professional? What are they, saints? You understand that living expenses for students and professionals are different, right? And why is this guy pissed off if companies offer MORE than needed? Normalcy is that its the other way round, right?

    • rajarshi ray on February 14, 2013 at 4:36 AM

      there are always two sides of the coin. as an employee, you will never be satisfied no matter how much salary i give you. the moment you sit on the chair of your own company you are bound to think in my fashion.

  3. Amit singh on February 13, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    m planning to do masters
    i will b completing my this year
    so cn u tell me which crouse will be right to do masters in

  4. mIr on February 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Wow, that’s why US universities should be on top priority. I want to get PhD in Engineering from one of the following universities GeorgiaTech, UCSD and UW-Madison. I dream for $75k+ salary. Is it possible for an Electronics and Communication Engineer?

  5. rajarshi ray on February 13, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    why the salaries are astronomical? even $29,644 is way too much for a fresh grad!

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      In which world are you living?

      • rajarshi ray on February 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        your counter-question is NOT the answer to what i have asked for. my query was HOW one is going to justify this huge starting salary.

        the living expenses per month is 500 – 700 bucks. even if i take this post published at hsb the figure is less than 500. we can safely assume that a person needs around 10 grands pa for basic needs. and here we see that the minimum salary starts from 25k! everywhere else in the world the inherent pattern of a fresh grad’s salary is in such a fashion that it almost exhausts after satistying one’s basic needs. the starting salary for the fresh grads should have been in the range of 12 – 15 thousand dollars per annum.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on February 13, 2013 at 3:30 PM

          What is your background? Are you a student or working professional?

          • rajarshi ray on February 14, 2013 at 4:36 AM

            i am a businessman.

        • LB on February 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

          If you’re a student, 12-15K per annum is enough. When you’re working, 12-15K is near the poverty line.

          You seem to have an issue with fresh grads making a good amount and living comfortably.

          • rajarshi ray on February 14, 2013 at 4:47 AM

            can you substantiate with facts that When you’re working, 12-15K is near the poverty line. give me the breakup of monthly expenses for working people. don’t forget that if you are working in your home city your expenses will be much less as the apartment cost will not be needed. and what about free food ie food stamps? i am not sure but i have heard that it is for all americans – be it rich or poor. in cities like new york you don’t even need a car as there is excellent and cheap transportation like buses and pedicabs.

            and your personal attack is in true bad taste – You seem to have an issue with fresh grads making a good amount and living comfortably.

            i never said that the fresh grads will always stick to 25k or 30k.

    • sraj on February 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      You realize the figures are P.A not P.M rite?

      • Joy on June 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        good point!!

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