2017 Engineering Salary Statistics
Engineers Get Top Pay
What is an engineering degree worth? Year after year, engineering tops the list of majors with the highest average starting salary. The bottom line: it is well worth the time and effort it takes to become an engineer. So how much do engineers make?
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NACE’s Salary Projections
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is projecting a minimum media salary of $62,500 for class of 2016 graduates.
“What’s It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors”
This 2015 report from Georgetown University analyzes earnings data on 137 different majors. The highest-paying group is engineering.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
“Employment is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations, although growth will vary by specialty; overall job opportunities for engineers are expected to be good. A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for most entry-level jobs, but some research positions may require a graduate degree. Starting salaries are among the highest of all college graduates.”
PayScale College Salary Report
“Have you ever considered a degree in engineering? If you are determined to find a job that pays top dollar, you'd be wise to study math and science. Lucrative careers exist for the history, English and foreign language majors out there, too, but they're harder to find.”