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February 16, 2010
Salary Offers for New Grads Continue to Slide

The average starting salary offer for new college graduates declined 2 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

NACE found that so far, the overall average offer to a bachelor’s degree graduate in the Class of 2010 is $48,351, down 2 percent from the average offer of $49,353 made to Class of 2009 bachelor’s degree graduates.

“This first look at salaries for the Class of 2010 shows many disciplines posting lower salaries, but it’s important to put this in perspective,,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. “Data are limited, and graduation is several months away.”

Some majors did see an increase, however. Graduates with computer-related degrees (computer programming, computer science, computer systems analysis, and information sciences/systems) saw salary offers that were 6.1 percent higher than their counterparts received in 2009. These Class of 2010 graduates are receiving an average starting salary offer of $59,570.

For engineering graduates, the average salary offer increased by 1.2 percent to $59,245.

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