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By Alicia Adamczyk
October 14, 2016

The average starting salary for new college graduates for 2016 is $52,569, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers‘ annual survey of starting salaries.

If you want to pull down bigger bucks than that, you’d better like math: Engineering fields comprise 16 of the top-paying 35 job titles, according to an analysis provided to MONEY by Payscale, which looked at salaries for employees with bachelor’s degrees and two years’ experience or less.

The top-grossing job, once again, is petroleum engineer, with a median pay of $95,000 for recent college grads, followed by chemical engineer ($66,700), nuclear engineer ($65,700), computer hardware engineer ($64,600), and materials engineer ($64,400).

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But obviously, not everyone wants to be an engineer. Here are some of the highest-paying jobs for recent college grads with a bachelor’s degree.


Budget Analyst

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Median Recent Grad Pay: $48,100

Median Overall Pay: $60,700


Medical Scientist*

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Median Recent Grad Pay: $49,000

Median Overall Pay: $58,600

*Except Epidemiologists


Tax Preparer

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Median Recent Grad Pay: $50,300

Median Overall Pay: $60,100


Computer Specialist

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Median Recent Grad Pay: $51,300

Median Overall Pay: $73,800


Commercial and Industrial Designer

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Median Recent Grad Pay: $51,400

Median Overall Pay: $63,200


Network and Computer Systems Administrator

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Median Recent Grad Pay: $52,200

Median Overall Pay: $65,600


Financial Analyst

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Median Recent Grad Pay: $54,000

Median Overall Pay: $65,400


Aerospace Engineer

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Median Recent Grad Pay: $63,500

Median Overall Pay: $82,300


Chemical Engineer

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Median Recent Grad Pay: $66,700

Median Overall Pay: $76,200


Petroleum Engineer

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Median Recent Grad Pay: $95,500

Median Overall Pay: $105,000

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