Starting Salaries For College Grads Tick Up in 2017

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Good news, college grads!

Salaries Soar for the Class of 2017

They soared? This is from the Wall Street Journal, which passes along a Korn Ferry estimate that starting salaries for college grads this year will be a whopping 1 percent higher than last year, adjusted for inflation. They also report that “today’s salaries are 14% higher than those of students who graduated in 2007.” That may be, but data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers sure doesn’t agree:

Neither does the Department of Education. Here’s their data for young college grads:

Starting salaries appear to be up this year, and that’s good news. But don’t get too excited, OK?


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