Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The average starting salary for college grads is just less than $45,000, that’s up 5.3 percent, according to the National Association of Colleges.
The engineering industry is leading the way.
Le Moyne College knows the engineering field is growing.
“Sometimes, the trends don't translate to the local economy, but in that case it does. There seems to be a growing need for engineers in Central New York and we are helping to increase that population of available students,” said Patti Bevans, Director of Career Advising and Development at Le Moyne College. "Sometimes there are more job opportunities than we have graduates in that class year and so I think, for students who are interested in staying local, that's a great field to get into."
Business and marketing major Courtney Morgan wants to work for a brewery one day. Her salary to start isn’t something she’s too worried about, however she was impressed by first-year engineering salaries.
“That sounds nice. I know I’m probably not going to start out there,” Morgan said. “Obviously, I know I’m not going to start out where I would like to end up, but in that sense, I don’t have a problem working towards my salary.”
Bevans agrees, "It's not all about the money. I think that for some people it's about feeling like there's a direct connection between the major and its opportunities."
The industry hiring the most would be educational services. Although, the salary falls well below the top ten, and if you want one of those jobs, you may be better off looking out of state.
“While the industry is growing nationally, there is not as much opportunity in this area,” Bevans said. "We have more teacher candidates than we have opportunities."
According to the study, the graduates seeing the smallest pay increase are those in humanities and social science majors. Their starting salaries grew about two-percent to $37,000.