Starting salaries on the rise for recent graduates

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US – You studied hard, you passed the tests, and you earned your diploma. Congratulations, Class of 2012, now it`s time to get a job!

Yep, the party`s over.

But there is some good news.

Starting salaries for college grads are up 3.4% from the year before!

According to the survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average salary is a little more than $44,000.  That`s the best year-over-year rise in starting salary since the Class of `08. Typical salary ranges from $36,988 for humanities and social sciences grads to $61,913 for the smarty-pants peeps with an engineering degree. Computer science majors can count on an average salary of $59,221.

Now don`t get too excited.

The only way to get those salaries is to get a job in your field of study. But we all know that`s easier said than done.

Another survey shows nearly 70% of college grads couldn`t get a job by the time they graduated.

Now that makes no cents.