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Table 388. -  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\1\ | 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 |    22,000 |    --- |   -2.7
Biological sciences ............|  6,500 | 16,900 | 14,500 | 23,600 | 15,100 | 20,800 | 16,400 | 21,400 | 21,100 | 22,900 |    22,800 |   34.9 |   -0.4
Mathematics and other sciences .|  7,000 | 18,200 | 16,300 | 26,600 | 17,500 | 24,100 | 22,500 | 29,400 | 27,200 | 29,500 |    25,400 |   39.6 |  -13.9
Psychology .....................|    --- |    --- | 12,500 | 20,400 | 14,600 | 20,100 | 17,300 | 22,600 | 19,200 | 20,800 |    19,500 |    --- |   -6.3
Social sciences ................|  6,700 | 17,500 | 14,000 | 22,800 | 15,800 | 21,800 | 20,300 | 26,500 | 22,200 | 24,200 |    22,100 |   26.3 |   -8.7
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
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\1\Reported salaries of full-time workers under $2,600 in 1976, $4,200 in 1981, $5,000 in 1985 and $1,000 in 1994 were excluded from the tabulations. Also those with salaries over $500,000 in 1994 were excluded.
\2\Most educators work 9- to 10-month contracts.
\3\In 1994, data were 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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