NACE's Winter 2016 Salary Survey report indicates that the overall average salary for bachelor's degree graduates earning engineering degrees is projected to be $64,891, up 3 percent over the average salary projection of $62,998 for engineering graduates from the Class of 2015.
Degrees in math and sciences are also in high demand by employers; overall, graduates in these fields are expected to average $55,087.
Business majors land in the fourth spot in terms of starting salaries, with a projected starting average of $52,236, an increase from the projected $51,508 for Class of 2015 graduates.
Among those earning communications degrees, the average salary projection is $47,047, down 5 percent from last year's projection ($49,395). Driving that drop: All four of the majors reported for this field are projected to attract lower salaries than was the case last year.
Salaries for both agriculture/natural resources ($48,729) and healthcare ($48,712) are expected to top $48,000. However, both are down from last year when projections for agriculture/natural resources and healthcare degrees were $51,220 and $50,839, respectively.
Projected salaries are also down for those in the social sciences; overall, these graduates are expected to average $46,585, down from last year's projection of $49,047.
Humanities majors, however, are projected to see a slight increase: Their projected average salary stands at $46,065, up from $45,042. Data are limited for these graduates, but employers in finance, insurance, and real estate appear to be most interested.
Overall, education majors are expected to average $34,891. Unfortunately, there were not enough data available last year to make a comparison to the current projection possible.
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