Careers: Average Starting Salaries for University Graduates in US for 2007

Posted on February 18, 2007


Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers and Most Lucrative Degrees for 2007 Grads. Average salaries are per year in US$.  Employment requires being a US citizen, or the possession of a green card already.  On occasion, a company may sponsor citizens of foreign countries in areas of critical need and scarcity in the U.S.–this type of sponsorship is relatively more common at the Masters or Ph.D. level–though it is never a guarantee.  Salaries for advanced degrees (Masters or Ph.D.) are higher than those listed here especially with previous work experience.

  • Chemical engineering: $60,054
  • Electrical engineering: $54,599
  • Mechanical engineering: $54,587
  • Economics: $51,631
  • Computer science: $51,070
  • Finance: $47,905
  • Civil engineering: $47,145
  • Management information systems: $46,568
  • Accounting:  $46,508

Liberal arts (including psychology, political science history, English): $30,502, and there is a glut of majors in these areas.  An area of current critical need in the US is pharmaceutical studies (leading to being a pharmacist, etc.), and the pay may actually be higher than most of the salaries listed above.

Resources if you are a Muslim student planning to study in the United States or Canada:

1. Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) of the United States and Canada. For any additional information not discussed on the MSA National website, please contact the MSA National Office at
2. Muslim Students’ Association Local Chapters Database.
3. Islamic Society of North America.
4. The Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America.
5. The Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers of North America.
6. The Islamic Medical Association of North America.
7. National Association of Muslim Lawyers.

Finally, many MSA chapters have a Muslim faculty advisor on each university campus, and he/she can be of tremendous help to you once you are admitted and are on campus. The professional organizations, specifically IMANA, have advisors too for students in their specific areas of interest.  Please note that none of the organizations can help you obtain financial aid to pursue your university studies though they may be able to advise you as to potential sources of financial aid.   Please do not e-mail any query about university studies or financial aid to The Islamic Workplace.