According to a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the overall average salary offer to Class of 2011 graduates has risen 6 percent over last year's average.
The average salary offer to a bachelor's degree graduate rose from $48,288 for the Class of 2010 to $51,171 for the Class of 2011, according to NACE's Fall 2011 Salary Survey.
The highest-paid major in the report was petroleum engineering. Graduates in that field had an average salary offer of $82,740, up 7.1 percent.
Business graduates saw their salary rise 4.6 percent to $48,805, while finance majors' salary rose 4.8 percent to $51,503.