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Engineering, Computer-Science Pay More Than Liberal Arts

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Credit: / WSJ survey

Computer science and engineering graduates generally have significantly higher starting salaries than liberal arts majors, according to a Wall Street Journal and study.

Graduates with computer science degrees had average starting salaries of $50,000 in their first full-time jobs out of college, while communications and English majors earned $34,000 in their first jobs, the study found. Engineering graduates' $56,000 average was the highest among the 11,000 graduates polled by the study.

Technical majors even have an advantage in fields that are typically reserved for liberal arts majors, says career counselor Katy Plotrowski. "Technical degrees are valued in all fields," Plotrowski says. "I've a seen a [company] communications department actually prefer that someone have an engineering degree rather than a communications degree." She also notes that the pay advantage of graduates with technical degrees persists throughout their careers.

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