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These 5 College Degrees Have the Highest Starting Salaries

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Want to make more money right out of the gate? Pick one of these majors, and you'll have a better chance of commanding a big paycheck immediately after graduation.

Want to make more money right out of the gate? Pick one of these majors, and you’ll have a better chance of commanding a big paycheck immediately after graduation.

But first, the good news for everyone: Forbes.com is reporting that the average starting salary for recent college grads has risen by 5.3 percent over last year, to $45,000. The numbers are based on a recent salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a non-profit that connects college placement offices with employers.

“The sizable gains in several disciplines — particularly in health sciences and business — have helped to drive up the average starting salary for the class of 2013,” said NACE Executive Director Marilyn Mackes.

Want more ROI for your degree? According to the NACE, you should choose one of these concentrations:

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Engineering: $63,000

Computer Science : $60,000

Business: $54,000

Communications: $43,000

Math & Sciences: $42,700

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