Job Front: Starting salaries jump for 2013 grads

Published: Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am

Graduates who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2013 are taking home more money on average than their 2012 counterparts.

So says the latest salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

The NACE report, released last week by the Pennsylvania-based group, shows that 2013 grads with bachelor’s degrees saw average starting salaries of $45,327 which was 2.4percent over the $44,259 average for the Class of 2012.

The biggest increases in starting pay went to students majoring in business, communications and education. The average pay increase for engineering majors was in the middle of the pack at 2.3percent, but they were top earners in the survey with a 2013 average of $62,062.

NACE compiled data for the salary survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau and employers.

Business graduates enjoyed the biggest jump in average starting pay: a nearly 8percent gain to $55,635, according to the survey. Average starting pay for communications majors rose nearly 4percent, to $43,835 a year.

Meanwhile, education majors in 2013 saw a roughly 3percent increase over their 2012 counterparts, earning $40,337 on average, according to the survey.

Marilyn Mackes, the association’s executive director, said a number of career fields showed salary gains in 2013, not just a few that, in her words, are “carrying the class.”

“Salary increases are not limited to certain fields of study,” Mackes said in a statement announcing the survey. “In fact, they are evident in most disciplines.”

Indeed, 2013 engineering, humanities, science and math majors all saw their average salaries improve.

Retail jobs fair

Job seekers can meet local sales and retail employers at a career fair Tuesday in Sacramento.

Online placement firm HireLive hosts its Sales, Retail and Management Fair from 9a.m. to 12:30p.m. at Embassy Suites, 100 Capitol Mall. Hiring managers and other representatives of local and national firms will be at the free event.

Job seekers should dress professionally and bring 15 or more resumes, organizers said.

For more information, visit HireLive at

Free job coaching

The Sacramento Public Library offers free job coaching Tuesdays and Sundays at its Central Library, 828 I St., Sacramento.

Volunteer coaches are available from 5:30p.m. to7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 12:30p.m. to 2:30p.m. Sundays. Coaches help job seekers improve resumes, search online employment listings and boost interviewing skills.

Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling the library’s reference line at (916)264-2920. For more information, visit

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Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916)321-1040.

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