Table 3-16
Labor market indicators for recent S&E degree recipients 1–5 years after receiving degree, by field: 2006
 
    Highest degree field
Indicator and degree All S&E fields Computer/
mathematical
sciences
Life sciences Physical
sciences
Social
sciences
Engineering
 
  Percent
Unemployment rate            
Bachelor's 3.8 4.6 4.6 4.0 5.1 1.9
Master's 2.5 3.1 2.9 2.6 4.6 2.5
Doctorate 1.1 0.6 1.1 1.1 1.9 1.4
Involuntary out-of-field rate            
Bachelor's 11.0 8.5 9.9 9.4 15.7 3.6
Master's 4.2 3.5 4.1 6.4 9.5 2.9
Doctorate 1.8 1.6 0.6 4.1 4.0 2.5
   
  Dollars
Average salary            
Bachelor's 39,500 48,600 31,700 35,900 34,400 54,000
Master's 55,000 65,000 45,500 44,700 42,100 67,300
Doctorate 56,000 72,700 54,700 63,300 57,800 75,000
 

NOTES: Average salary rounded to nearest $100. Unemployment rate for recent S&E degree recipients differs from rate for entire S&E labor force.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) (2006), http://sestat.nsf.gov.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010