2009 College Grad Salary Snapshot

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) salary survey, recent college graduates saw fewer job offers and also took salary hits. Those who graduated with bachelor’s degrees in 2009 received a $48,633 average starting salary offer, down 1.2% from last year, according to a survey of college and university career services offices. This contrasts 2008 when the average starting salary was 7.6% higher than those offered to the class of 2007. Engineering and computer science graduates still fared the best in 2009 and saw increases in their average starting salaries. Average offers fell among business and liberal arts graduates.