A SmartPros news report said students indicated they’d expect to be paid a base salary of $63,695 one year after graduation in “auditing/accounting/taxation,” which was lumped together as one sector for this survey. After five years, they would anticipate an $111,135 salary.
Of the 47 sectors evaluated, the accounting sector received the lowest expectations. The next lowest expectation was academic research, at $77,859 one year after graduation and $132,282 after five years.
Meanwhile, the highest pay expected one year after graduation is in venture capital, at $107,919. After five years of graduation, the highest pay expected is in metals at $346,566.
The annual survey , conducted for Fortune by Philadelphia-based firm Universum, also found MBA students’ favorite companies to work for. Google takes the top spot, knocking McKinsey from its 2006 top spot into the second position. Interestingly, 21% of the students ranked Google in their top five.
The top 10 companies in order are:
- McKinsey & Company
- Goldman Sachs
- Bain & Company
- Boston Consulting Group
- General Electric
- Bank ofAmerica.