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  • Preliminary Results: Computer Science Top-Paid Master’s Discipline

    October 18, 2019 | By NACE Staff

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    Computer and information sciences is the top-paid Class of 2019 discipline at the master’s-degree level, according to preliminary results reported through NACE’s Fall 2019 Salary Survey.

    The average for computer and information sciences at the master’s-degree level is $99,605. Two other disciplines--multi/interdisciplinary studies ($86,674) and engineering ($86,600)--have average starting salaries that top $80,000. (See Figure 1.)

    Other top disciplines include engineering technologies ($79,302), mathematics and statistics ($78,228), and health professions ($74,510).

    The Fall 2019 Salary Survey report provides actual starting salaries (not projections) for the college Class of 2019. Data were collected from July 10, 2019, through September 27, 2019, and were provided by 89 colleges and universities nationwide, who are participants in NACE’s national First-Destination Survey. The data are preliminary salaries for Class of 2019 graduates in the date range from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. The Fall 2019 Salary Survey report will be available later this fall.

    Figure 1: Preliminary Reported Average Starting Salaries for Class of 2019 Master’s Grads

    Broad Category 2019 Average Salary
    Computer & information sciences $99,605
    Multi/interdisciplinary studies $86,674
    Engineering $86,600
    Engineering technologies $79,302
    Mathematics & statistics $78,228
    Health professions $74,510
    Source: Fall 2019 Salary Survey report, National Association of Colleges and Employers. Only broad categories with 50 or more reported salaries are included.
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