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Subject: RE: College Major, Age, Occupation, Salary
What if I told you the AVERAGE engineering major makes over 60K upon graduation? That would mean more than half do, right?
Maybe you live in an area that doesn't have strong industry so the engineers there aren't really in demand and willing to work for cheap, the cost of living is significantly below average, or the engineers you know went to no-name schools that doesn't have companies that pay well recruiting there.
Don't worry, if we stay engineers we will top out barely over 100K. The folks on wall street and consulting make us feel poor.[/quote]
The average engineering major doesn't make $60k upon graduation. You need to look at the methodology from payscale.com. The median salary (including bonuses, overtime, etc.) for a 25 year old engineer with 2 years experience, who is employed full-time, is $60k. That means this doesn't include huge percentages of people who are either a) unemployed (~12% for people under 25 with a bachelors degree), b) under-employed or employed part time, or c) employed full time in another field. I bet the true median for fresh out of college 22 year olds is more like $35k once you factor in all of those who can't find full time employment as an engineer.
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