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Computer and information sciences master’s grads earn highest starting salaries: NACE

September 14, 2018

Computer and information sciences majors ranked as the top-paid college graduates with advanced degrees for the class of 2017, according to salary survey data released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. At the master’s degree level, graduates who majored in computer and information sciences reported the highest starting salary at $93,415.

The average salaries by discipline for class of 2017 grads with master’s degrees include:

  • Computer and information sciences: $93,415
  • Engineering: $84,052
  • Mathematics and statistics: $79,985
  • Engineering technologies: $78,235
  • Health professions: $74,384

At the doctoral level, business, management, and marketing majors from the class of 2017 earned the highest average starting salaries at $138,468. Computer and information sciences graduates followed with an average starting salary of $112,772.

Other top-paid majors among class of 2017 doctoral graduates include engineering at $95,048; public administration and social service at $86,891; and social sciences at $84,889.

The Summer 2018 Salary Survey report provides actual starting salaries (not projections) for the college class of 2017. Data were gathered from class of 2017 graduates through Dec. 31, 2017, and reported to NACE through May 25, 2018. 


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