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  • Computer Engineering Class of 2017’s Top-Paid From Discipline

    September 10, 2018 | By NACE Staff

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    Computer engineering majors earned the top average starting salary among Class of 2017 engineering majors earning bachelor’s degrees, according to results of NACE’s Summer 2018 Salary Survey.

    Computer engineering majors earned starting salaries that averaged $76,070. Petroleum engineering majors and those earning degrees in electrical, electronics, and communications engineering followed closely with average salaries of $73,084 and $72,930, respectively.

    Systems engineering ($69,432) and materials engineering ($68,449) majors rounded out the five top-paid engineering majors from the Class of 2017.

    The Summer 2018 Salary Survey report provides actual starting salaries (not projections) for the college Class of 2017, and serves as the final salary report for the Class of 2017. Data were gathered from Class of 2017 graduates through December 31, 2017, and reported to NACE through May 25, 2018. The salary data were reported to NACE through its national Class of 2017 First-Destination Survey by approximately 366 colleges and universities nationwide, and represent data for slightly more than 695,000 graduates at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels. The analysis provided here focuses on the data provided for more than 81,800 bachelor’s degree graduates. The Summer 2018 Salary Survey report is available to members in MyNACE. An executive summary report is available at

    Figure 1: Top Average Starting Salaries for Class of 2017 Engineering Majors

    Major Average Salary
    Computer engineering $76,070
    Petroleum engineering $73,084
    Electrical, electronics, and communications engineering $72,930
    Systems engineering $69,432
    Materials engineering $68,449
    Mechatronics, robotics, and automation engineering $66,519
    Chemical engineering $66,490
    Industrial engineering $64,904
    Aerospace engineering $64,699
    Manufacturing engineering $64,630
    Source: Summer 2018 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers
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