Average pay for class of 2013: $44,928

April 29, 2013 at 7:32 PM

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- The class of 2013 is starting their careers with a modest pay hike, an average starting wage 5.3 percent higher than 2012 U.S. graduates, a survey said.

The average salary for graduates this year is $44,928, the National Association of Colleges and Employers said.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday engineers will be at the top of their class, as far as income goes.

Among the Top 10 paying jobs, the very top three are engineering jobs, as are the fifth, sixth and seventh top paying jobs.

Petroleum engineers will have an average starting salary of $93,500. Computer engineers are next in line with an average starting salary of $71,700. Chemical engineers will average $67,600 to start. Computer science majors can expect an average salary of $64,800. Aerospace, aeronautical or astronautical engineers can expect and average of $$64,400.

The next top paying jobs grouped by college majors include mechanical engineers, 64,000; electrical or electronics and communications engineers, $63,400; management information systems in business, $63,100; engineering technology, $62,200; and finance, $57,400.

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