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College grads see salary offers rise, survey says

College graduates who got job offers this year saw a 6 percent raise in their salary offers compared to last year’s average, the National Association of College and Employers said Tuesday in a survey.

NACE said its Fall 2011 Salary Survey report showed the overall average salary offer to a bachelor’s degree graduate rose from $48,288 for the Class of 2010 to $51,171 for the Class of 2011.

That included gains “across disciplines,” said Marilyn Mackes, the NACE executive director.

Business degree grads saw their overall average salary rise 4.6 percent above the September 2010 average, to $48,805 from $46,672, NACE said.

Students earning computer-related degrees saw their overall average salary soar 9.6 percent, to $63,760 from $58,189.

The average salary offer to engineering majors as a group rose to $60,291 from $58,669.

- Scott Nishimura


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