15 best paid jobs for recent graduates

Published: Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:58 p.m. MDT


With their forces combined, Business Insider and PayScale have made a list of the 15 highest paying jobs available for new graduates.

These careers were chosen based on high median pay (base annual salary including bonuses, commissions, etc.) as well as the required bachelor's degree and low (about two years) experience requirement.

The remaining information, including total numbers of jobs and predicted job growth comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website. For reference, the BLS site states that the average growth rate of a given career is 11 percent.

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Sandy, UT

The list left out chemical/petroleum engineers who would certainly be in the top 2 or 3, if not no. 1. It just goes to show that math and science are key subjects. Engineers tend to give up a lot of social life during college, but are laughing their way to the bank thereafter.

Colorado Springs, CO

Suprised not to see nursing on here. Utah pays nurses poorly compared to the rest of the nation but they still start at about $22/hr. That is in the $45K range and that is with an associates degree! With a BSN and a few years expierence they can make $60k and up.

South Jordan, UT

The number of available jobs for software developers continues to grow at a rate faster than the number of trained developers. Expect to see salaries continue to rise in this field.

Sanpete, UT


Sadly, a BSN degree does nothing for wages. Nobody (at least in Northern Utah) pays more for a higher degree for a regular floor nurse.

Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

Didn't see any military jobs listed. Hmmm

Wilmington, DE

What about actuaries? I believe it is around $72,000.

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