Table 3-16
Labor market indicators for recent S&E degree recipients up to 5 years after receiving degree, by level and field of highest degree: 2010
 
Indicator and highest degree level All S&E
fields
Biological,
agricultural, and
environmental
life sciences
Computer and
mathematical
sciences
Physical sciences Social sciences Engineering
 
Unemployment rate (%)
All degree levels 6.6 6.1 6.7 4.2 8.0 4.4
Bachelor’s 7.7 7.3 8.2 5.2 8.8 5.6
Master’s 4.0 2.3 2.6 5.3 5.9 2.9
Doctorate 1.6 2.8 S S S 3.6
Involuntarily out-of-field (IOF) rate (%)
All degree levels 10.8 10.2 7.5 9.9 15.6 3.7
Bachelor’s 13.5 12.4 10.6 10.9 18.0 4.1
Master’s 4.7 4.8 1.4 S 6.3 3.0
Doctorate 1.7 S S S S S
Median annual salary ($)
All degree levels 40,000 35,000 55,000 36,000 33,000 60,000
Bachelor’s 35,000 30,000 50,000 30,000 31,000 57,000
Master’s 55,000 48,000 68,000 32,000 39,000 73,000
Doctorate 60,000 47,000 85,000 55,000 62,000 85,000
 

S = suppressed for reasons of confidentiality and/or reliability.

NOTES: Median annual salaries are rounded to the nearest $1,000. All degree levels includes professional degrees not broken out separately. Data include degrees earned from October 2005 to October 2009. The IOF rate is the proportion of all employed individuals who report that their job is not related to their field of highest degree because a job in their highest degree field was not available.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) (2010), http://sestat.nsf.gov.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2014