STEM Graduates Expected to Be Top Paid in Class of 2017

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When it comes to the top projected starting salaries for Class of 2017 graduates, the STEM disciplines—science, technology, engineering and math—still rule.

According to the Winter 2017 Salary Survey report from the nonprofit National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers project that average starting salaries for students earning bachelor’s degrees in the STEM-related disciplines of engineering, computer science, and math and science will be the highest paid among Class of 2017 graduates.

Although these technical majors are on top, employers anticipate boosting the starting salaries from last year across all categories of majors in the report, with average increases ranging from 2 percent to 15 percent.

The projected average starting salary for engineering majors overall is $66,097, almost 2 percent more than that for Class of 2016 engineering graduates (see table below). The catalyst for this nudge is that the projected average salaries for all of the indivi

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