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Want to make good money? Be an engineer

  • Study finds engineering jobs have top starting salaries
  • Average starting salary for all new grads is up
Want to make good money? Be an engineer

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.

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