Skip Navigation
Digest of Education Statistics
2013 Tables and Figures All Years of Tables and Figures Most Recent Full Issue of the Digest


Table 505.50. Percentage, selected employment characteristics, and annual salaries of bachelor's degree recipients employed full time 1 year after graduation, by field of study: 1991, 2001, and 2009
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Selected employment characteristic and
annual salary
All fields of
study1
Engineering Biological and
physical
sciences2
Mathematics
and computer
science2
Social
sciences and
history
Humanities Health
professions
Business and
management
Education3 Psychology Public affairs
and social
services
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Employment characteristics                                            
                                             
Percent of recipients employed full time                                            
1989-90 recipients in June 1991 73.8 (0.36) 85.2 (0.95) 50.6 (1.72) 71.2 (1.30) 66.2 (0.94) 59.2 (1.32) 80.9 (1.35) 83.2 (0.57) 77.0 (0.74) 59.8 (1.64) 77.0 (2.06)
1999-2000 recipients in July 2001 76.5 (0.52) 86.0 (1.77) 58.6 (2.04) 83.7 (2.06) 68.3 (1.88) 67.5 (1.65) 74.8 (1.50) 85.5 (1.27) 84.0 (1.29) 64.0 (2.64) 85.1 (2.25)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 65.0 (0.62) 76.1 (2.12) 49.0 (2.38) 75.1 (2.67) 58.0 (1.81) 50.4 (1.82) 68.5 (1.86) 77.2 (1.20) 70.6 (1.75) 46.6 (2.40) 69.8 (3.44)
                                             
Percent of full-time employees
    looking for a different job4
                                           
1989-90 recipients in June 1991 21.5 (0.35) 12.9 (1.05) 21.0 (1.95) 16.6 (1.08) 24.5 (1.20) 25.8 (1.44) 9.2 (1.10) 20.7 (0.78) 25.5 (0.92) 21.8 (1.57) 26.8 (2.36)
1999-2000 recipients in July 2001 24.6 (0.66) 19.2 (2.30) 22.9 (2.64) 18.3 (2.36) 27.1 (2.06) 28.3 (2.13) 20.9 (1.93) 24.4 (1.51) 17.4 (1.45) 23.9 (2.54) 25.8 (2.80)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 31.2 (0.74) 20.2 (2.53) 28.5 (3.47) 27.7 (3.37) 35.3 (2.47) 39.2 (2.56) 21.8 (2.40) 32.0 (1.61) 23.6 (1.78) 37.3 (2.99) 30.4 (4.86)
                                             
Percent of full-time employees in job
    closely related to field of study
                                           
1989-90 recipients in June 1991 52.5 (0.55) 57.5 (1.24) 49.4 (2.31) 66.4 (1.34) 20.2 (1.12) 32.2 (2.07) 88.2 (2.10) 49.8 (0.79) 79.2 (0.89) 40.3 (2.13) 57.6 (2.56)
1999-2000 recipients in July 2001 56.1 (0.65) 70.0 (3.35) 48.6 (3.00) 72.7 (2.58) 28.7 (2.03) 41.5 (2.16) 77.5 (2.45) 58.7 (1.67) 84.3 (1.68) 40.1 (3.65) 61.2 (3.11)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 49.7 (0.78) 61.3 (2.86) 49.0 (3.36) 61.9 (3.57) 21.6 (2.07) 27.6 (2.56) 81.7 (2.10) 49.3 (1.76) 82.0 (1.68) 26.6 (3.04) 57.2 (4.93)
                                             
Annual salaries of full-time employees5                                            
                                             
Average salary, in current dollars                                            
1989-90 recipients in June 1991 $23,600 (180) $30,900 (390) $21,100 (410) $27,200 (400) $22,100 (330) $19,100 (350) $31,500 (860) $24,700 (330) $19,100 (140) $19,200 (310) $20,900 (470)
1999-2000 recipients in July 2001 35,400 (300) 47,900 (840) 31,000 (710) 47,400 (1,080) 33,000 (700) 30,100 (690) 39,400 (1,110) 41,000 (860) 27,600 (370) 28,800 (990) 30,400 (1,030)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 40,100 (340) 53,900 (1,080) 34,600 (1,220) 48,800 (1,570) 36,600 (980) 31,100 (780) 49,100 (1,290) 44,200 (890) 33,000 (490) 30,600 (910) 35,000 (1,700)
                                             
Average salary, in constant 2012 dollars                                            
1989-90 recipients in June 1991 $39,900 (300) $52,100 (660) $35,500 (700) $45,800 (670) $37,200 (560) $32,200 (600) $53,000 (1,450) $41,700 (550) $32,200 (230) $32,300 (530) $35,200 (790)
1999-2000 recipients in July 2001 45,900 (380) 62,200 (1,090) 40,200 (930) 61,500 (1,400) 42,700 (910) 39,000 (900) 51,100 (1,440) 53,200 (1,120) 35,800 (470) 37,400 (1,280) 39,400 (1,340)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 42,900 (360) 57,700 (1,160) 37,100 (1,300) 52,300 (1,680) 39,100 (1,050) 33,300 (830) 52,600 (1,380) 47,300 (950) 35,300 (530) 32,800 (980) 37,500 (1,820)
                                             
Percent change in average salary,
    in constant 2012 dollars
                                           
1991 to 2009 7.6 (—) 10.6 (—) 4.4 (—) 14.1 (—) 5.1 (—) 3.5 (—) -0.8 (—) 13.2 (—) 9.5 (—) 1.5 (—) 6.6 (—)
1991 to 2001 15.2 (—) 19.2 (—) 13.2 (—) 34.3 (—) 14.7 (—) 21.4 (—) -3.6 (—) 27.4 (—) 11.2 (—) 15.8 (—) 12.1 (—)
2001 to 2009 -6.6 (—) -7.2 (—) -7.7 (—) -15.0 (—) -8.4 (—) -14.7 (—) 2.8 (—) -11.1 (—) -1.5 (—) -12.4 (—) -4.9 (—)
                                             
Median salary, in current dollars                                            
1989-90 recipients in June 1991 $21,800 (210) $31,900 (470) $20,000 (430) $27,000 (510) $20,300 (250) $18,500 (360) $30,400 (760) $23,000 (300) $19,500 (220) $18,100 (320) $18,600 (410)
1999-2000 recipients in July 2001 32,000 (90) 47,800 (880) 29,800 (470) 46,100 (1,990) 29,900 (360) 28,600 (700) 35,500 (770) 36,800 (700) 27,900 (410) 27,700 (1,180) 27,900 (710)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 36,000 (220) 54,000 (900) 32,500 (1,570) 45,000 (1,830) 34,600 (920) 29,000 (1,060) 45,900 (920) 40,000 (300) 33,800 (570) 29,300 (1,040) 32,000 (1,430)
                                             
Median salary, in constant 2012 dollars                                            
1989-90 recipients in June 1991 $36,700 (350) $53,700 (800) $33,600 (720) $45,400 (870) $34,100 (420) $31,100 (600) $51,300 (1,280) $38,700 (500) $32,900 (370) $30,500 (540) $31,400 (690)
1999-2000 recipients in July 2001 41,400 (120) 62,000 (1,140) 38,600 (610) 59,800 (2,580) 38,800 (460) 37,100 (910) 46,000 (1,000) 47,700 (910) 36,200 (540) 36,000 (1,530) 36,200 (920)
2007-08 recipients in June 2009 38,500 (230) 57,800 (960) 34,700 (1,680) 48,100 (1,960) 37,000 (980) 31,000 (1,130) 49,200 (990) 42,800 (320) 36,200 (610) 31,400 (1,120) 34,200 (1,530)
                                             
Percent change in median salary,
    in constant 2012 dollars
                                           
1991 to 2009 4.9 (—) 7.5 (—) 3.2 (—) 6.0 (—) 8.5 (—) -0.3 (—) -4.1 (—) 10.5 (—) 10.0 (—) 2.8 (—) 9.2 (—)
1991 to 2001 12.8 (—) 15.4 (—) 14.9 (—) 31.5 (—) 13.5 (—) 19.1 (—) -10.2 (—) 23.2 (—) 10.1 (—) 17.9 (—) 15.4 (—)
2001 to 2009 -7.0 (—) -6.8 (—) -10.1 (—) -19.4 (—) -4.5 (—) -16.3 (—) 6.9 (—) -10.3 (—) -0.1 (—) -12.7 (—) -5.4 (—)
—Not available.
1 Includes graduates in other fields not separately shown.
2 For 1991, physical sciences are not included in column 4 with biological sciences; instead, they are included in column 5 with mathematics and computer science.
3 Most educators work 9- to 10-month contracts.
4 In 1991, respondents were asked whether they were "looking for a different principal job." In 2001 and 2009, they were asked whether they were "looking for a different job" (instead of "a different principal job").
5 In all years, reported salaries of full-time workers under $1,000 were excluded from the tabulations. In addition, salaries reported as above $500,000 were set to $500,000 in 2001, and salaries reported as above $250,000 were set to $250,000 in 2009. In all years, only a tiny fraction of reported full-time salaries were either below $1,000 or above $250,000.
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 have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Recent College Graduates" survey, 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 June 2014.)

2013 Tables and Figures All Years of Tables and Figures Most Recent Full Issue of the Digest