Engineering majors are projected to be the top-paid bachelor's degree graduates from the Class of 2015, according to the National Association of Colleges and

Employers (NACE) January 2015 salary survey report.

The projected overall starting salary for these graduates is $62,998. Within the reported engineering disciplines, petroleum engineering majors are likely to earn the highest salaries with an anticipated average salary of $80,600.

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The projected overall average starting salary for these graduates is $62,998. (See Figure 1.) Within the reported engineering disciplines, petroleum engineering majors are likely to earn the highest salaries with an anticipated average salary of $80,600.

Following closely behind the engineering graduates in terms of projected starting salaries are those earning bachelor’s degrees in the computer sciences fields; these grads are projected to earn an average starting salary of $61,287, with specific computer science majors having an average projected salary of $62,377.

At $56,171, the third-highest average salary projection among the bachelor’s degree broad categories is for math and sciences majors. Within these disciplines, physics majors received the highest projection—$64,625.

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