The average starting salary offer to the college class of 2010 dipped slightly from 2009. According to the NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employers) Spring 2010 Salary Survey, the average offer to a bachelor's degree candidate is $47,673, down 1.7% from the 2009 average of $48,515.
As is increasingly the case, not all grads fared equally though. Some disciplines (think computer science and engineering) saw their average offer increase. And interestingly, accounting - once one of the hottest tickets coming out of college - appears to be barely holding its own.
Following is a breakdown for a number of disciplines/majors:
Finance: average offer of $50,546 (+1.6%)
Accounting: average offer of $48,575 (+0.4%)
Business Administration/Management: average offer of $42,094 (-8.0%)
Marketing: average offer of $42,710 (-2.1%)
Computer Science: average offer of $60,426 (+4.7%)
Electrical Engineering: $59,326 (+3.0%)
Chemical Engineering: $66,437 (+1.6%)
Civil Engineering: $52,443 (+1.3%)
Computer Engineering: $61,121 (+0.2%)
Mechanical Engineering: $58,881 (+0.2%)
Liberal Arts: $33,540 (-8.9%)
More information on the NACE report here.
Image: Creative Commons Photo "Caps" by shiladsen ... don't you just love that moment when the grads toss up their caps? Gets me every time...