Engineering and computer science grads are the best paid

By Paige Smith

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has released their annual report of average national starting salaries for 2017 college graduates.

Seven majors were included in the survey that we have in the College of Engineering and Computing. The CEC majors not included were software engineering, engineering management, and general engineering.

All engineering majors included in the report earned above the regional average starting salary for a bachelor’s degree holder ($50,427). In fact, computer science was ranked the number one best paying field, with graduates averaging salaries of over $73,000 in the Great Lakes region (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin), and engineering graduates (of all disciplines)Three CEC grads excited to start their careers!Three CEC grads excited to start their careers!          were the second highest paid in the region, on average, with starting salaries of over $61,000.

The average starting salaries by discipline of the Great Lakes region:

Biomedical Engineering: $51,808

Chemical Engineering: $65,084

Computer Engineering: $66,510

Computer Science: $73,057

Electrical Engineering: $60,994

Mechanical Engineering: $63,251

Manufacturing Engineering: $58,883*

*This is the national average; insufficient data was available to calculate the regional average