Companies in professional, scientific, and technical services hired the most new college engineering graduates in 2012, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
NACE’s January 2013 Salary Survey found that these employers, who hired for a variety of engineering and software development positions, paid their new engineering hires salaries that averaged $61,945.
“The demand for engineering graduates remains strong, and that is reflected in the high starting salaries paid to these graduates,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.
Following professional, scientific, and technical services firms were manufacturing employers and government agencies, whose average salaries to new engineering graduates were $61,146 and $66,812, respectively.
Manufacturing organizations hired new engineering graduates for a variety of engineering and management positions; government agencies hired them for various engineering jobs.
Also among the top employers for 2012 engineering graduates were those in educational services ($58,733) who hired engineering graduates primarily for postsecondary teaching positions, and information ($67,533) who mostly hired these graduates for jobs as computer programmers.
An executive summary of the January 2013 Salary Survey report is available at the NACE website.
A report on starting salaries for Class of 2013 college graduates will be available this April.