Attention, parents: if your kids still don't know what they want to do when they grow up, you might want to point them toward engineering. A new study finds that's the way to go for a fat paycheck right out of college.
Engineering dominates the top 10 highest-paid college majors, according to the study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Topping the list is computer engineering, with an average starting salary of $70,400. That's more than 50% above the average starting salary for all college graduates, which sits at $44,455. The good news is, that figure is up 3.4% from last year.
Following computer engineering on the list of top starting salaries:
- Chemical engineering: $66,400
- Computer science: $64,400
- Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering: $64,000
- Mechanical engineering: $62,900
Education (up 5.4%), business (4.2%) and communications (4.1%) saw the biggest increases in starting salaries over last year.
The study is based on data from 400,000 employers.