Grads’ Average Salary Offer Tops $51,000: Survey

By Staff Report

Oct. 4, 2011

The average salary offer for graduates with bachelor’s degrees rose 6 percent this year to $51,171 from $48,288 in 2010, according to a survey released today by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

“The overall salary increase is the result of gains across disciplines,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE’s executive director.

Graduates earning business degrees saw their overall average salary rise 4.6 percent in 2011 to $48,805 from the September 2010 average of $46,672.

Offers to business administration/management graduates jumped 5.4 percent to $46,372. The average salary offer for economics graduates rose 3.9 percent to $53,690, while the average salary offer for finance majors rose 4.8 percent to $51,503.

Offers to new grads with computer-related degrees jumped 9.6 percent to $63,760 in 2011.

The average salary offer to engineering majors rose 2.8 percent over last year’s average to $60,291.

Data for the survey is compiled from college and university career services offices nationwide.

Filed by Staffing Industry Analysts, a sister company of Workforce Management. To comment, email

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