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Table 386.Average annual salary of bachelor's degree recipients employed full-time 1 year after graduation, by field of study: 1976 to 1994

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                                 |                  |                 |                 |                 |                 | Average   |Percent |Percent
                                 |Average salary\1\ |Average salary\1\|Average salary\1\| Average salary  |  Average salary |  salary   | change | change
                                 |of 1974-75 degree |of 1979-80 degree|of 1983-84 degree|   of 1985-86    |   of 1989-90    |of 1992-93 |   in   |   in
                                 |   recipients     |    recipients   |    recipients   |degree recipients|degree recipients|degree re- |constant|constant
         Field of study          |in February 1976  |   in May 1981   |   in June 1985  |  in June 1987   |  in June 1991   |cipients in|dollars,|dollars,
                                 |__________________|_________________|_________________|_________________|_________________|April 1994 |1976 to |1991 to
                                 |Current |Constant |Current |Constant|Current |Constant|Current |Constant|Current |Constant|___________|  1994  |  1994
                                 |dollars |  1994   |dollars |  1994  |dollars |  1994  |dollars |  1994  |dollars |  1994  |  Current  |        |
                                 |        | dollars |        |dollars |        |dollars |        |dollars |        |dollars |  dollars  |        |
_________________________________|________|_________|________|________|________|________|________|________|________|________|___________|________|________
                1                |   2    |    3    |   4    |   5    |   6    |   7    |   8    |   9    |   10   |     11 |    12     |   13   |   14
_________________________________|________|_________|________|________|________|________|________|________|________|________|___________|________|________
  Total .........................| $7,600 | $19,800 |$15,200 |$24,800 |$17,700 |$24,400 |$20,400 |$26,500 |$23,600 |$25,700 |   $24,200 |   22.2 |   -5.8
                                 |________|_________|________|________|________|________|________|________|________|________|___________|________|________
                                 |        |         |        |        |        |        |        |        |        |        |           |        |
Engineering .....................| 12,200 |  31,800 | 22,400 | 36,500 | 24,100 | 33,200 | 26,600 | 34,700 | 30,900 | 33,600 |    30,900 |   -2.8 |   -8.0
Business and management .........| 10,200 |  26,600 | 16,300 | 26,600 | 18,700 | 25,800 | 21,100 | 27,500 | 24,700 | 26,900 |    27,100 |    1.9 |    0.7
Health professions ..............|  8,600 |  22,400 | 17,300 | 28,200 | 20,800 | 28,600 | 22,600 | 29,400 | 31,500 | 34,200 |    31,300 |   39.7 |   -8.5
Education\2\ ....................|  6,300 |  16,400 | 11,500 | 18,700 | 13,800 | 19,000 | 15,800 | 20,600 | 19,100 | 20,800 |    19,300 |   17.7 |   -7.2
Public affairs and social        |        |         |        |        |        |        |        |        |        |        |           |        |
  services ......................|     ---|      ---| 13,700 | 22,300 | 15,100 | 20,800 | 17,700 | 23,100 | 20,800 | 22,600 |    22,700 |     ---|    0.4
Biological sciences .............|  6,500 |  16,900 | 14,500 | 23,600 | 15,100 | 20,800 | 16,400 | 21,400 | 21,100 | 22,900 |    25,400 |   50.3 |   10.9
Mathematics and other sciences ..|  7,000 |  18,200 | 16,300 | 26,600 | 17,500 | 24,100 | 22,500 | 29,400 | 27,200 | 29,500 |    19,400 |    6.6 |  -34.2
Psychology ......................|     ---|      ---| 12,500 | 20,400 | 14,600 | 20,100 | 17,300 | 22,600 | 19,200 | 20,800 |    22,100 |     ---|    6.3
Social sciences .................|  6,700 |  17,500 | 14,000 | 22,800 | 15,800 | 21,800 | 20,300 | 26,500 | 22,200 | 24,200 |    21,300 |   21.7 |  -12.0
History .........................|     ---|      ---|     ---|     ---|     ---|     ---|     ---|     ---|     ---|     ---|    21,000 |     ---|     ---
Humanities ......................|  5,800 |  15,100 | 12,600 | 20,500 | 14,000 | 19,300 | 16,200 | 21,200 | 19,100 | 20,700 |    21,300 |   41.1 |    2.9
Communications\3\ ...............|     ---|      ---|     ---|     ---| 16,200 | 22,300 |     ---|     ---|     ---|     ---|        ---|     ---|     ---
Miscellaneous ...................|  6,800 |  17,700 | 15,100 | 24,600 | 18,600 | 25,600 | 17,600 | 23,000 | 20,800 | 22,600 |    21,600 |   22.0 |   -4.4
_________________________________|________|_________|________|________|________|________|________|________|________|________|___________|________|________

\1\Reported salaries of full-time workers under $2,600 in 1976, $4,200 in 1981, and $5,000 in 1985 were excluded from the tabulations.

\2\Most educators work 9- to 10-month contracts.

\3\In 1994, data was not collected in Communications as a separate field of study.

---Data not available.

NOTE.--Data exclude bachelor's recipients from U.S. Service Schools and graduates living at foreign addresses at the time of the survey. Constant dollar adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Recent College Graduates" surveys and "Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study, First Follow-up" survey. (This table was prepared July 1997).


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