Because of their strong employment opportunities, economics majors tend to earn high salaries. While computer scientists lead the pack, economists do better than business and other social science majors. According to the September 2012 Salary Survey sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Average Annual Salary offers for graduating seniors in popular majors were as follows:
More importantly, economics majors do even better over time. Among graduates with 10-20 years of experience, students with undergraduate degrees in economics are second only to computer engineers in salary.