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Experience Salary Survey Results 2006

By Experience

From May to September 2006, Experience asked graduating students (2006) to share their success in getting a full-time job. Based on member feedback, we are pleased to share this hiring information so you can benefit from the experience of other members in the Experience community.

High-level results found that the majors most in demand were engineering, computer science/MIS, business (accounting, finance and marketing) and education. 

Consistent with the majors sought, the industries that hired the most new graduates were technology, finance and education.  Job functions filled by these majors were in engineering, finance, accounting and teaching.

As far as finding jobs, new grads felt their university career center was the most effective resource, followed by direct application to the company and networking.

Salary expectations shared with Experience in April 2006 matched those reported in this placement survey.  The median salary for full-time entry-level hires across all industries, job functions and regions fell into the $36,000-$46,000 range.

Top paying industries, those which pay an annual salary $46,000-$55,000, included accounting, biotech & pharmaceutical, consulting, defense, energy & utilities, manufacturing and technology. Highest paying positions within those industries were in engineering and finance.

Industry

Median Salary

# Jobs

Accounting

$46k-$55k

71

Arts & Entertainment

$26k-$35k

13

Biotech/Pharmaceutical

$46k-$55k

16

Consulting

$46k-$55k

38

Defense

$46k-$55k

20

Education

$26k-$35k

101

Energy & Utilities

$46k-$55k

18

Finance

$36k-$45k

146

Government

$36k-$45k

26

Healthcare

$26k-$35k

46

Law

$26k-$35k

24

Manufacturing

$46k-$55k

69

Marketing

$26k-$35k

31

Non-profit

$26k-$35k

26

Retail/Merchandising

$36k-$45k

26

Technology

$46k-$55k

185

 

 

 

Job Function

Median Salary

# Jobs

Accounting

$36k-$45k

82

Client support

$26k-$35k

42

Engineering

$46k-$55k

171

Finance

$46k-$55k

97

Human Resources

$36k-$45k

22

Marketing

$26k-$35k

41

Research

$26k-$35k

49

Sales

$36k-$45k

50

Teaching

$26k-$35k

74

 

 

 

Region

Median Salary

# Jobs

Midwest

$36k-$45k

276

Northeast

$36k-$45k

377

Southeast

$36k-$45k

173

West

$36k-$45k

169

International

$36k-$45k

31

 

 

 







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