Table 3-18
Labor market indicators for recent S&E degree recipients up to 5 years after receiving degree, by field: 2008
 
  Highest degree field
Indicator and degree All S&E fields Computer/ mathematical sciences Biological/ agricultural/ environmental life sciences Physical sciences Social sciences Engineering
 
Unemployment rate (%)            
All degree levels 4.6 3.2 5.1 3.4 6.1 2.0
Bachelor's 5.3 3.2 6.0 3.9 6.7 2.1
Master's 2.9 3.5 2.4 2.5 3.5 2.0
Doctorate 1.5 0.3 2.1 2.5 1.2 1.0
Involuntarily out-of-field rate (%)            
All degree levels 7.9 4.0 7.6 5.6 12.0 2.4
Bachelor's 9.7 5.4 9.1 7.6 13.6 2.5
Master's 3.5 0.7 4.1 1.8 6.1 2.6
Doctorate 1.5 0.9 1.2 3.1 1.9 0.8
Median annual salary ($)            
All degree levels 42,000 55,000 34,000 40,000 36,000 63,000
Bachelor's 39,800 51,000 30,000 32,000 34,000 59,000
Master's 57,000 72,000 44,000 47,000 43,000 70,000
Doctorate 65,000 80,000 50,000 67,000 60,000 86,000
 

NOTES: Median annual salaries are rounded to nearest $1,000. All degree levels includes professional degrees not broken out separately. Includes degrees earned from October 2003 to October 2008. Involuntarily out-of-field rate is proportion of individuals employed in job not related to field of highest degree because job in that field was not available.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) (2008), http://sestat.nsf.gov.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012