They're Earning What? America's Highest Starting Salaries

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If you're expecting to live the good life right after graduation, you'd better be good with numbers -- and not just so you can learn to balance your budget. The highest salaries offered to the class of 2005-06 were for jobs requiring significant quantitative prowess, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' (NACE) Summer 2006 Salary Survey.

Students who major in numbers-based fields can yield starting salaries $25,000 higher than their liberal arts counterparts. Chemical engineering majors, for example, received starting salary offers averaging more than $56,000, the survey revealed. English majors, by contrast, reported salary offers averaging just $31,000.