Securing a good first salary is tough — in addition to the intimidation that can come with negotiating for the first time, a lot of times you might feel like you’re in the dark with little to no expectations about what you should be earning. After all, college courses often focus on mastering the subject matter at hand, not thinking ahead about possible career options and expected salary ranges. But our team has taken a deep dive into thousands of resumes to match up the majors that people study with their current earnings — and from there, they got a great look at median base pay within the first five years of graduating.
Whether you’re still trying to figure out what you should study or want to use this information as a bargaining chip for salary negotiations, the data below will help you make a more informed decision.
1. Computer Science and Engineering: $70,000
2. Electrical Engineering: $68,438
3. Mechanical Engineering: $66,040
4. Chemical Engineering: $65,000
5. Information Technology: $63,500
6. Civil Engineering: $63,000
7. Nursing: $63,000
8. Industrial Engineering: $62,270
9. Management Information Systems: $60,960
10. Statistics: $60,000
Whether your major made the list or not, we’re here to help ensure that you’re able to maximize your earnings potential — our Know Your Worth™ personalized salary estimator takes into account things like your job title, location, years of experience, and more to give you a concrete data point to bring to the negotiation table. And our blog has no shortage of how-to articles and interviews with experts to help you navigate and master salary negotiation.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and take the working world by storm!