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Highest-Paid Bachelor’s Degrees: 2010

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If you're looking to pull in a big paycheck right out of college, take a look at these 10 jobs with the highest starting salaries. Overall, the average salary offered to 2010 graduates is $48,351—down 2 percent from the 2009 average of $49,353. Here are the degrees that garnered the highest salary offers, according to the .
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If you're looking to pull in a big paycheck right out of college, take a look at these ten jobs with the highest starting salaries. Overall, the average salary offered to 2010 graduates is $48,351—down 2 percent from the 2009 average of $49,353. Here are the degrees that garner the highest salary offers, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Source: NACE

Updated: Feb. 12, 2010

10. Information Sciences & Systems

Average starting salary: $52,089

Average starting salary: $54,038

9. Aerospace/Aeronautical/ Astronautical Engineering

Average starting salary: $56,311

Average starting salary: $57,231

8. Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering

Average starting salary: $58,358

Average starting salary: $57,734

7. Mechanical Engineering

Average starting salary: $58,648 »

Average starting salary: $58,392

6. Electrical/Electronics & Communications Engineering

Average starting salary: $57,404 »

Average starting salary: $59,074

5. Computer Engineering

Average starting salary: $61,738

Average starting salary: $60,879

4. Computer Science

Average starting salary: $58,419 »

Average starting salary: $61,205

3. Mining & Mineral Engineering (incl. Geological)

Average starting salary: $64,404

Average starting salary: $64,552

2. Chemical Engineering

Average starting salary: $65,466 »»»
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Average starting salary: $65,142

1. Petroleum Engineering

Average starting salary: $83,121

Average starting salary: $86,220