UNC Survey Shows Comp-Sci Grads Highest Earners

A survey by the University of North Carolina's career services office found that 2006 UNC computer science graduates had the highest annual mean salary at $60,000. Graduates with a degree in business administration were second with an average salary of $47,534.

The average annual salary for all graduates was $38,038. The survey compiled responses from 532 May 2006 graduates about their employment status, salary, and post-graduation activities. The survey has been conducted for the last 21 years.

"We didn't really see anything eye-popping about the numbers," Tim Stiles, associate director of UCS, told the Daily Tar Heel campus newspaper. "The numbers are pretty true when you look at the national averages. People coming out with business, engineering and computer science degrees usually have high salaries."

"I think we saw an improvement with the 2006 class," Stiles said. "We're coming out of that trough where we got stuck after 9/11 for a while. We're seeing major college employers coming back and more jobs."

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Paul McCloskey is contributing editor of Syllabus.

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