Starting salary for j-school grads rises to $41K, on average

National Association of Colleges and Employers | The Wall Street Journal
NACE’s annual report on college grads has good news for 2012 communications majors: Their starting salaries were up 4 percent on average over 2011 grads’. Reached by email, NACE Employment Information Manager Andrea Koncz says journalism majors, who are counted in that category, saw gains of their own: “Their specific average salary is $40,900, up 3.3 percent from $39,600 last year,” she writes.

Within the communications category, “advertising majors posted the largest increase to their average starting salary, a 4.7 percent jump to $47,200,” the report’s summary reads.

Students majoring specifically in communications also saw a healthy increase of 4.5 percent, taking their current starting salary from $42,600 to $44,500.

The data reflect actual starting salaries, not offers, and come from about 400,000 employers.

Salaries for 2012 grads are up 3.4 percent over all, Lauren Weber notes in The Wall Street Journal. Education grads had the largest increase (5.4 percent), but remain among the lowest paid. Salaries are highest for engineering grads, and “Even humanities and social-science majors, with the lowest overall year-to-year salary growth, with starting pay of $36,988, still earned a slight bump after accounting for inflation,” Weber writes.

Previously: Mizzou j-school grads have lowest starting salaries of any Missouri graduates | Reporters make 8 percent less than typical Americans (or maybe they make more) | Reporters: Move to Georgia, avoid Nebraska | J-school grads’ unemployment rate better than average

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  • Aaron Dome

    41K? hahahahah. This kind of misinformation is downright dangerous.

  • Poynter

    Thanks for the healthy skepticism. We did a follow up elaborating on the data, which answers some of these questions:

  • Adam Chappelle

    Starting salary for journalism school grads is $41K? Sure- maybe for the ones whose mommy and daddy have the hookup at the WSJ, NYT, and papers in other top-10 markets.

  • Robert Knilands

    The disconnect from reality has been in place for a while. Sorry to break the news.

  • Jason Lenhart

    AAAAhahahahahaha. Yea, right.

  • Brian Mattix

    I used to respect Poynter as a reliable source of real information. This “research” shows a complete disconnect from reality. Are former Presidents’ daughters getting “journalism” jobs with no experience and getting inflated salaries skewing these numbers double what the real number has been for at least two decades?

  • Ayden F. Férdeline

    This “rise”, however, remains below the rate of inflation.

  • Victoria Shirley

    Nope. Not in small towns where many journalists have to begin their careers…

  • B. LaBoe

    Is this for real? I know TONS of journalists who don’t make near this after years in the business. I’m thinking someone sampled too many people from high cost-of-living cities or just plain added wrong.

  • Paul Wood

    Seems unlikely. For everybody who works at the WSJ, there are dozens of people at the Podunk News and Beaverville Post-Journal