LSU College of Engineering Graduates Continue to Top National Average Starting Salaries

02/21/2013 02:30 PM

BATON ROUGE – In response to the growing demand for highly educated and skilled engineers, LSU’s College of Engineering is helping to meet the state’s and nation’s workforce needs by graduating more than 750 students in 2012 and producing students whose starting salaries are above national averages.


With the industry demand for engineers being high but supply low, it is no surprise that starting salaries of engineering majors increased 3.9 percent from 2011 to 2012. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ January 2013 Salary Survey, engineering disciplines account for six of the top 10 highest-paid majors for recent graduates.


Based on salary data engineering graduates provided to LSU Career Services, four of the College of Engineering’s disciplines exceeded the national averages while staying on par with electrical engineering. Other disciplines taught in the college, but not included in the survey, include biological, industrial and petroleum.


The four highest-earning undergraduate LSU College of Engineering degrees include:


Discipline LSU Average National Average
Chemical $73,867 $59,600
Mechanical $75,216 $62,900
Civil $61,607 $57,600
Computer Science $66,000 $64,400


“The starting salaries of those with an LSU engineering degree have consistently exceeded  the national average, once again reflecting the industry’s perceived of the LSU degree,” said Rick Koubek, dean, LSU College of Engineering.


Despite the rigorous curriculum, earning an LSU engineering degree is having a significant impact on Ryckur Schuttler, petroleum engineering senior.


“Not only is earning above the national average great for my future, but I believe that it says a lot about the LSU College of Engineering,” Schuttler said. “Specifically in the petroleum department, we have a lot of company involvement in our curriculum. This exposes students to practices and techniques we will use in our jobs. Having this experience as an undergrad gives the necessary skills we need to excel in our careers right from the start.”


For Nicole Carter, civil engineering sophomore, hearing the recent data gave her additional incentive to work hard toward earning her degree.


“This gives me confidence that I will receive a secure job and that employers will trust in my skills and talents as an LSU engineering graduate,” Carter said.


For more information on the College of Engineering, visit or contact Cassie Thibeaux, College of Engineering, at 225-578-0092 or

Mimi  LaValle 
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013