College graduates of 2011 are earning an average of $41,701, a 2.3 percent increase over the Class of 2010 earned starting out.
Those are the latest findings of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Business majors and graduates entering the world of finance had some of the highest salaries and increases. Overall, the average starting salary in the business world was $48,144, or 3.8 percent more than biz graduates of 2010 earned.
The highest starting salary — $77,640 — went to those working in securities, commodities, trusts and other investment services.
Among the lower end: Those entering the retail sector are making an average of $30,650; journalists are earning an average of $33,460; criminal justice workers are making $30,500, and social workers are living on $34,900
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