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Table 404. Percentage, selected employment characteristics, and annual salaries of bachelor's degree recipients employed full time 1 year after graduation, by field of study: Selected years, 1976 through 2009
Selected employment characteristic and annual salary All fields of study1 Engineering Biological and physical sciences2 Mathematics and computer science2 Social sciences History Humanities Health professions Business and management Education3,4 Psychology Public affairs and social services
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Employment characteristics                                                  
                                                   
Percent of recipients employed full time                                                  
1974-75 recipients in May 1976 66.8 (—) 79.4 (—) 56.5 (—) 50.0 (—) 59.1 (—) [5 ]   (†) 56.3 (—) 74.6 (—) 84.0 (—) 66.2 (—) 61.4 (—) (†)
1979-80 recipients in May 1981 71.2 (—) 83.8 (—) 45.2 (—) 57.7 (—) 61.1 (—) [5 ]   (†) 55.2 (—) 77.0 (—) 83.3 (—) 67.4 (—) 55.9 (—) 77.0 (—)
1989-90 recipients in June 1991 73.5 (—) 84.5 (—) 50.3 (—) 72.2 (—) 68.5 (—) [5 ]   (†) 58.6 (—) 86.4 (—) 83.4 (—) 67.0 (—) 59.2 (—) 66.1 (—)
1999-2000 recipients in July 2001 76.5 (0.52) 86.0 (1.77) 58.6 (2.04) 83.7 (2.06) 66.0 (2.28) 76.7   (3.16) 75.9 (3.51) 74.8 (1.50) 85.4 (1.28) 84.0 (1.29) 64.0 (2.64) 81.6 (3.44)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 65.0 (0.62) 76.1 (2.12) 49.0 (2.38) 75.1 (2.67) 61.2 (1.94) 46.1   (4.35) 47.6 (2.12) 68.5 (1.86) 76.7 (1.18) 70.7 (1.74) 46.6 (2.40) 69.8 (3.44)
                                                   
Percent of full-time employees looking
     for other or additional work
                                                 
1999-2000 recipients in July 2001 24.6 (0.66) 19.2 (2.30) 22.9 (2.64) 18.3 (2.36) 28.4 (2.42) 22.8   (3.46) 27.7 (4.92) 20.9 (1.93) 24.5 (1.52) 17.4 (1.45) 23.9 (2.54) 19.6 (3.65)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 29.5 (0.74) 19.6 (2.66) 28.2 (3.72) 26.7 (3.40) 35.8 (3.02) 28.0   (5.91) 38.4 (3.03) 20.9 (2.49) 30.4 (1.67) 19.9 (1.89) 34.0 (2.98) 27.9 (5.11)
                                                   
Percent of full-time employees in job                                                  
closely related to field of study                                                  
1974-75 recipients in May 1976 35.2 (—) 57.4 (—) 26.1 (—) 18.7 (—) 11.7 (—) [5 ]   (†) 11.7 (—) 70.8 (—) 48.8 (—) 22.4 (—) 22.2 (—) (†)
1979-80 recipients in May 1981 38.4 (—) 55.4 (—) 17.7 (—) 29.0 (—) 9.9 (—) [5 ]   (†) 13.8 (—) 66.4 (—) 43.6 (—) 29.1 (—) 17.2 (—) 45.7 (—)
1989-90 recipients in June 1991 38.7 (—) 50.4 (—) 25.6 (—) 48.0 (—) 16.4 (—) [5 ]   (†) 10.5 (—) 82.9 (—) 41.7 (—) 39.5 (—) 22.4 (—) 49.0 (—)
                                                   
Annual salaries of full-time employees                                                  
                                                   
Average salary, in current dollars                                                  
1974-75 recipients in February 19766 $7,600 (—) $12,200 (—) $6,500 (—) $7,000 (—) $6,700 (—) [5 ]   (†) $5,800 (—) $8,600 (—) $10,200 (—) $6,300 (—) (†) (†)
1979-80 recipients in May 19816 15,200 (—) 22,400 (—) 14,500 (—) 16,300 (—) 14,000 (—) [5 ]   (†) 12,600 (—) 17,300 (—) 16,300 (—) 11,500 (—) $12,500 (—) $13,700 (—)
1989-90 recipients in June 1991 23,600 (—) 30,900 (—) 21,100 (—) 27,200 (—) 22,200 (—) [5 ]   (†) 19,100 (—) 31,500 (—) 24,700 (—) 19,100 (—) 19,200 (—) 20,800 (—)
1999-2000 recipients in July 20016 35,400 (300) 47,900 (840) 30,900 (720) 47,400 (1,090) 33,900 (890) 30,000   (1,010) 33,900 (1,200) 39,400 (1,110) 41,000 (860) 27,500 (370) 28,800 (990) 26,900 (950)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 41,200 (410) 54,000 (1,090) 35,100 (1,400) 50,100 (1,780) 37,400 (1,240) 35,600   (2,110) 31,000 (1,120) 49,100 (1,470) 44,600 (960) 30,000 (1,390) 30,900 (930) 34,200 (1,920)
                                                   
Average salary, in constant 2010 dollars                                                  
1974-75 recipients in February 19766 $29,100 (—) $46,700 (—) $24,900 (—) $26,800 (—) $25,700 (—) [5 ]   (†) $22,200 (—) $33,000 (—) (†) $24,100 (—) (†) (†)
1979-80 recipients in May 19816 36,500 (—) 53,700 (—) 34,800 (—) 39,100 (—) 33,600 (—) [5 ]   (†) 30,200 (—) 41,500 (—) $39,100 (—) 27,600 (—) $30,000 (—) $32,900 (—)
1989-90 recipients in June 1991 37,800 (—) 49,500 (—) 33,700 (—) 43,500 (—) 35,600 (—) [5 ]   (†) 30,500 (—) 50,400 (—) 39,600 (—) 30,600 (—) 30,700 (—) 33,300 (—)
1999-2000 recipients in July 20016 43,600 (370) 59,000 (1,030) 38,100 (890) 58,400 (1,340) 41,700 (1,100) 36,900   (1,240) 41,700 (1,480) 48,500 (1,370) 50,500 (1,060) 33,900 (460) 35,500 (1,220) 33,100 (1,170)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 41,900 (420) 54,900 (1,110) 35,700 (1,420) 50,900 (1,810) 38,000 (1,260) 36,200   (2,140) 31,500 (1,140) 49,900 (1,490) 45,300 (980) 30,500 (1,410) 31,400 (950) 34,800 (1,950)
                                                   
Percent change in average salary,
   in constant 2010 dollars
                                                 
1976 to 2001 49.7 (—) 26.3 (—) 52.0 (—) 96.3 (—) 62.6 (—)   (†) 66.8 (—) 47.4 (—) 29.2 (—) 41.0 (—) (†) (†)
1991 to 2001 15.4 (—) 19.3 (—) 12.4 (—) 21.1 (—) 17.4 (—)   (†) 21.5 (—) -3.6 (—) 27.6 (—) 11.2 (—) 15.8 (—) 12.4 (—)
2001 to 2009 -3.9 (—) -7.0 (—) -6.3 (—) -12.8 (—) -8.9 (—) -2.1   (—) -24.5 (—) 2.8 (—) -10.2 (—) -10.0 (—) -11.5 (—) 4.9 (—)
                                                   
Median salary, in current dollars                                                  
1999-2000 recipients in July 20016 $31,900 (110) $47,700 (920) $30,000 (610) $46,000 (2,090) $30,000 (320) $30,000   (1,030) $30,000 (1,520) $35,002 (980) $36,656 (690) $27,924 (430) $27,600 (1,180) $25,900 (610)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 37,000 (530) 54,200 (900) 34,300 (1,530) 47,700 (2,000) 34,400 (950) 31,500   (2,560) 27,300 (1,290) 45,800 (1,230) 40,000 (440) 28,000 (1,980) 29,300 (900) 31,200 (1,500)
                                                   
Median salary, in constant 2010 dollars                                                  
1999-2000 recipients in July 20016 $39,300 (135) $58,700 (1,130) $36,900 (750) $56,700 (2,570) $36,900 (390) $36,900   (1,270) $36,900 (1,870) $43,100 (1,210) $45,100 (850) $34,400 (530) $34,000 (1,450) $31,900 (750)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 37,600 (539) 55,100 (910) 34,900 (1,560) 48,500 (2,030) 35,000 (970) 32,000   (2,600) 27,700 (1,310) 46,600 (1,250) 40,700 (450) 28,500 (2,010) 29,800 (910) 31,700 (1,520)
                                                   
Percent change in median salary,
   in constant 2010 dollars
                                                 
2001 to 2009 -4.3 (—) -6.2 (—) -5.6 (—) -14.4 (—) -5.4 (—) -13.3   (—) -24.9 (—) 8.0 (—) -9.9 (—) -17.2 (—) -12.4 (—) -0.6 (—)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
1 Includes graduates in other fields not separately shown.
2 For years prior to 2001, physical sciences not included in column 4 with biological sciences; instead, they are included in column 5 with mathematics and computer science.
3 Includes graduates who have not finished all requirements for teaching certification or were previously qualified to teach.
4 Most educators work 9- to 10-month contracts.
5 Included in social sciences.
6 Reported salaries of full-time workers under $2,600 in 1976, $4,200 in 1981, and $1,000 in 2001 were excluded from the tabulations. Also, those with salaries over $500,000 in 2001 were excluded.
NOTE: Data exclude bachelor's degree recipients from U.S. Service Academies, deceased graduates, and graduates living at foreign addresses at the time of the survey. Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Data for 2001 have been revised from previously published figures. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Recent College Graduates" surveys, 1976 through 1991; and 2000/01 and 2008/09 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:2000/01 and B&B:08/09). (This table was prepared October 2011.)
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