by Rich Hein

2014’s Starting Salaries for College Tech Majors

Aug 06, 20143 mins
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As summer is winding down and colleges and university are about to kick it into high gear, it's time again for us to look at how college technology majors stack up in regards to starting salaries.

College Technology Major Starting Salary 2014

With two thirds of the summer behind us, it’s the time of the year for students of all ages to contemplate what degree program to enroll in. And while compensation isn’t always the biggest factor in their choice for a profession, it can be a good place to start.

Each year, with data provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), looks at what degrees offer the best starting point salaries and how trends and markets have affected them over the previous years’ data. Data in the Salary Survey is produced through a compilation of data from the BLS and the Census Bureau.

Average Salaries by Major

Salary gains are down significantly when compared to that of the previous salary survey. In fact, information sciences and systems degrees took a hit of almost 1%. This years’ largest gain was in mechanical engineering degrees, up 2.5 percent, but that pales in comparison to the previous year’s gains of 5.6 percent.

Computer Science Degree Starting Salaries

Under the computer science umbrella, federal, state and local government officials are still the head of the pack followed closely by the manufacturing industry. All players in this category made small gains.

Information Sciences and Systems Major Starting Salaries

Information sciences and systems saw graduates and entrants pretty flat over the last year. Federal, state and local government positions still are paying the highest in this category as well, beating out manufacturing by 9%. Professional scientific and technical services lost ground slightly on starting salary and the number of graduates decreased.

Computer Engineering Starting Salaries

Computer engineering degrees, in most cases, made modest gains. Professional, scientific, and technical services saw a 7% increase in pay over previous salary surveys. People with computer engineering degrees who chose enterprise management lost 3 % on starting salaries year over year.

Electrical/Electronics & Communications Engineering Degree Starting Salaries

If you’ve been paying attention, government jobs are where the money is at when you’re just getting started with your technology degree, and it’s no different with electrical/electronics and communications engineering degrees. No major gains made in this category over the last year and there were fewer graduates in the major categories.

Mechanical Engineering Degree Starting Salaries

Mechanical engineering graduates made significant increases in all areas except federal, state and local government positions. In the professional, scientific and technical services industries mechanical engineering graduates gained 12 percent year-over-year.

Tech Majors

There are many things to consider when choosing which technology degree is right for you, and starting salary is only one of them. Things like cost of living for a particular area, salaries levels for your region and personal interests all play a role. What is the most important factor to you? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

For a look at last year’s data, please check out my previous article, Best College Tech Majors for Landing a Top Starting Salary.

For more information on the NACE methodology and other relevant data visit their website.