National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recently reported that starting salaries are increasing for Class of 2012 graduates.
Their September 2012 Salary Survey reports that the overall average salary for bachelor’s degree graduates inched upward 1.7 percent to $44,259 this year, compared with the overall average of $43,521 recorded for new graduates in 2011.
Among the broad categories or disciplines, the data showed that business and communications majors receiving a bachelor’s degree saw the largest overall salary increase—2.2 percent. Business majors from the Class of 2012 currently earn an average of $51,541. In terms of individual business majors, those earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing got the biggest bump, with an average starting salary of $53,400. That’s up 2.7 percent over their Class of 2011 counterparts.
Communications majors’ salaries also increased 2.2 percent, now averaging $42,286 for undergraduates compared with the 2011 average salary of $41,367. Within the specific specialties, salaries for advertising majors had the highest gain—a 2.6 percent increase, bringing the average to $47,700, according to NACE.
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