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Starting Salaries

Looking at careers? Check out these median (in the middle) annual salaries (2006)* For many occupations, an advanced degree – more than a college degree – will increase your earning power.

Occupation Starting Salary Education Required
Accounting $54,630 4-Year College Degree
Athletic Trainer $36,560 4-Year College Degree
Chemical Engineer $78,860 4-Year College Degree
Computer Scientist $93,950 4-Year College Degree or more
Database Administrator $64,600 4-Year College Degree
Dentist $136,960 Graduate Degree
Desk Top Publishing $34,130 4-Year College Degree
Electrical Engineer $75,930 4-Year College Degree
Graphic Designer $39,900 2 or 4 Year Degree
HR Employment Specialist $42,420 4-Year College Degree
HR Compensation Manager $66,530 4-Year College Degree
Industrial Designer $54,560 4-Year College Degree or more
Industrial Engineer $68,620 4-Year College Degree
Landscape Architect $55,140 4-Year College Degree
Lawyer $102,470 Law Degree
Occupational Therapist $60,470 Master’s Degree
Optometrist $91,040 Master’s Degree
Physical Therapist $66,200 Master’s Degree
Physician – Anesthesiology $259,948 Medical Degree
Physician – Family Practice $137,119 Medical Degree
Physicians Assistant $74,980 2 years college plus 2-yr program
Radiology Technicians $47,170 2-Year Degree
Registered Nurse $57,280 2- or 4-Year degree plus
Social Worker – Hospital $48,420 Master’s Degree
Teacher – Special Education $47,650 Master’s Degree
Veterinarian $71,990 Veterinary Degree
Find out more about these and more careers, including what the work is like.
*Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition


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