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  • Early Data Show Engineering as Top-Paid Master’s Majors

    October 25, 2017 | By NACE Staff

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    TAGS: compensation, salaries, trends and predictions, surveys, nace insights

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    Early data for Class of 2017 master’s degree graduates indicate engineering disciplines are earning the highest average starting salaries, according to NACE’s Fall 2017 Salary Survey. However, it’s important to note that the data at this early juncture are preliminary and limited.

    Currently, the average starting salary for Class of 2017 engineering technologies majors at the master’s degree level stands at $86,452, followed by engineering majors at $76,808 and computer science majors at $75,760.

    At $71,859, the average starting salary for multi/interdisciplinary studies majors also eclipsed $70,000.

    Data for the Fall 2017 Salary Survey report were collected from July 12, 2017, through September 15, 2017, and were provided by 81 colleges and universities nationwide that participate in NACE’s national First-Destination Survey. The data are preliminary salaries for Class of 2017 graduates in the date range from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017. The final salary numbers for the Class of 2017 will be released in the Spring 2018 Salary Survey report in conjunction with the Class of 2017 First-Destination Surveyresults. The Fall 2017 Salary Survey report is available to members on MyNACE. An executive summary is available at

    Figure 1: Top-paid majors for class of 2017 master’s degree graduates

    Broad Category Number of 2017 Reported Salaries 2017 Average Salary
    Engineering Technologies 40 $86,452
    Engineering 686 $76,808
    Computer & Information Sciences 1,484 $75,760
    Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 40 $71,859
    Health Professions & Related Programs 531 $69,501
    Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services 1,824 $67,164
    Mathematics & Statistics 113 $66,713
    Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 31 $60,007
    Source: Fall 2017 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers
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