As the school year at U.S. colleges and universities ends, it's safe to assume most new college graduates who haven't finalized job offers yet are scrambling to land interviews and their first post-graduate jobs.
Those job hunters should find the results of a new salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) encouraging. According to the survey, this year's new bachelor's degree graduates are receiving average starting salaries 5.3% higher than those received by last year's grads.
According to NACE Executive Director Marilyn Mackes, "The sizeable gains in several disciplines --- particularly in health sciences and business --- have helped drive up the average starting salary for the Class of 2013."
Mackes noted that the biggest salary increases went to new health sciences and business grads, who garnered 9.4 % and 7.1% increases respectively over their 2012 counterparts.