Search
Advice » Salary & Benefits» Salary Information » Jobs That Pay New Grads the ...
Jobs That Pay New Grads the Best

Jobs That Pay New Grads the Best

By Charles Purdy, Monster Senior Editor

Most college grads enter the workforce with thousands of dollars in student-loan debt -- the College Board cites an average of close to $20,000 for bachelor's degree recipients. And then come the lean years: At the beginning of a career, many people expect to live on the cheap as they build a resume, develop relationships with clients or continue to hone their skills.

But not all careers require a long apprenticeship. People who want to earn high salaries right from the start of their careers can choose from several fields in which newcomers are relatively well-paid, according to the second edition of Laurence Shatkin's 250 Best-Paying Jobs.

"Within these occupations, the workers who earn at the 10th percentile -- meaning that 90 percent of the workers in the occupation earn more than they do -- still earn at least $51,540," Shatkin says.

In other words, the lowest-earning 10 percent of workers in these careers earn more than 75 percent of all American earners. (Shatkin's salary figures are based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment Survey released in May 2008.) The following list is taken from the book 250 Best-Paying Jobs. It features 10 occupations in which Shatkin says beginners are paid well. People who want an immediate return on their educational investment may want to take note. Have an interest in teeth? Even better:

1. Orthodontists

Beginning Wage: $100,980
Median Earnings: $166,400+

Search for orthodontist jobs.
 

2. Prosthodontists

Beginning Wage: $72,710
Median Earnings: $166,400+

Search for prosthodontist jobs.

3. Nuclear Engineers

Beginning Wage: $68,300
Median Earnings: $97,080

Search for nuclear engineer jobs.

4. Computer and Information Scientists, Research

Beginning Wage: $57,480
Median Earnings: $97,970

Search for computer and information scientist jobs.

5. Education Administrators (Elementary and Secondary School)

Beginning Wage: $55,580
Median Earnings: $83,880

Search for education administration jobs.

6. Airline Pilots/Copilots and Flight Engineers

Beginning Wage: $55,330
Median Earnings: $111,680

Search for pilot/copilot and flight engineer jobs.

7. Lawyers

Beginning Wage: $54,460
Median Earnings: $110,590

Search for lawyers jobs.

8. Financial Managers

Beginning Wage: $53,860
Median Earnings: $99,330

Search for financial manager jobs. 

9. Chemical Engineers

Beginning Wage: $53,730
Median Earnings: $84,680

Search for chemical engineer jobs.

10. Mathematicians

Beginning Wage: $53,570
Median Earnings: $95,150 

Search for mathematician jobs.

Latest Jobs

Happy Gopher Parcel Express
Posted: 11/01/2014
Florissant, 63034
Fast Lane Classic Cars
Posted: 11/01/2014
Saint Charles, 63301
United Rentals Inc
Posted: 11/01/2014
Salt Lake City, UT, 84119
United Rentals Inc
Posted: 11/01/2014
Meridian, MS, 39301
United Rentals Inc
Posted: 11/01/2014
Cleveland, OH, 44134

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile

 
 
 

Monster Communities

Teaching Community
Where teachers meet and learn.
ArtBistro
Create and connect.
Excelle
Networking for the career-minded woman.
Nursing Link
Where nurses call the shots.
More Monster Communities

Monster Partners

Scholarships
Scholarships, financial aid and more ways to pay for school.
Education.org
Find top campus and online degree programs.
Military.com
Military portal for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Financial Aid
Scholarships & financial aid.
Staffing for Government Jobs
Staffing and hiring solutions for federal government agency jobs.
More Monster Partners

Job Hunt Strategy

Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You
If you want to blow your chances with recruiters -- and, by extension, with the companies they work for -- here are six perfect ways to do so.

Resumes & Cover Letters

Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
Hoping to relocate? Get the ball rolling on landing the right job in the right location with these expert resume and cover letter tips.

Interviewing

100 Potential Interview Questions
Interview questions can run the gamut. You probably won't face all 100 of these, but you should still be prepared to answer at least some of them.

Salary & Benefits

10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary
Most of us aren't natural negotiators, but asking these 10 questions during salary negotiations can help you get everything you deserve.

Employee Sourcing

Alt text
November Monster Employment Index Grows 13% Year-Over-Year, Tenth Consecutive Month of Positive Annual Growth.

For Seekers

Campus and Online Degrees
Advance your career and earn more with an online degree.
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Questions & Answers
Find answers to all your career related questions -- powered by Yahoo! Answers
Resume Distribution Service
Our distribution service puts your resume right in the hands of recruiters.
Resume Writing Services
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
More Career Resources

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hire Right Background Checks
Explore our background check packages to improve the quality of your hires.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $99.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Center
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.
Target Post
Connect with skilled, hourly and administrative candidates for only $99.

Social Media

Jobs on Twitter
Find jobs in your area and industry.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Customer Service
Got a Monster question? We've got the answer. Whether you're a job seeker or employer, we can help you find the answers you need.
Monster for Employers
Find advice on hiring.
Follow Us
Check out our many pages and stay connected with the latest industry news, events, career advice and job openings.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Monster Thinking Blog
Monster's Recruitment Trends Blog.
Jobs & Career Resources
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2014 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2014.4.70.79-310
eTrustLogo