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Class of 2019 STEM majors have top salary potential

Though STEM disciplines offer higher salaries, jobs sit vacant due to a lack of highly-skilled graduates and workers

Bachelor’s degree graduates earning STEM degrees are expected to earn the highest starting salaries from the college class of 2019, according to a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

NACE’s Winter 2019 Salary Survey found that graduates with engineering ($69,188), computer science ($67,539), and math and sciences degrees ($62,177) are once again projected to be the top-paid graduates. Also coming in near the top of the list are business ($57,657) and social sciences ($57,310) majors.

Agriculture and natural resources majors are projected to see the greatest gain in starting salary, at 4.1 percent. With an expected increase of 4.0 percent, engineering majors follow closely behind, while the average salary for computer science majors is anticipated to be 2.3 percent more than their counterparts from the class of 2018.

STEM disciplines traditionally offer higher salaries, but many of these positions sit vacant due to a lack of highly-qualified applicants.

One of the most prominent examples of this gap is found in computer science, which, according to, has more than 475,000 open jobs nationwide. Those same statistics show that only 49,291 computer science students graduated into the workforce last year.

Laura Ascione