Average salary offers to new college graduates are on the rise, according to
a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Accounting graduates saw their average starting salary offer rise 3.9 percent
to $43,809 since last spring. Graduates with business administration/management
degrees saw their average jump 3.2 percent to $39,448, according to NACE.
Salary offers to economics/finance graduates increased 5.1 percent, bringing
their average starting salary offer to $42,802.
Marketing graduates saw an increase of 6 percent, pushing their current average
offer up to $37,832.
Computer science graduates saw a more modest 2.6 percent increase to their
average starting salary offer, raising it to $51,292.
Information sciences & systems graduates saw a slight decrease of 0.8 percent
in their average offer, reducing it to $43,732.
Most engineering disciplines posted increases. However, computer engineering
graduates saw their average salary offer drop by 2 percent to $51,496.
Overall, the average offer to liberal arts graduates is currently $30,337,
up 4.2 percent from last year's average of $29,119.
"There are areas--business and engineering, for example--that stand out
with average salary increases nearly across the board," says Camille Luckenbaugh,
NACE research director. "But having additional areas such as liberal arts
and computer science showing increases indicates positive momentum in the job
market and is very encouraging news for this year's class of college graduates."