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Half of the 15 highest paying jobs for recent grads are in tech

Data scientist, hardware engineer, and software engineer top the list of highest paying jobs for new graduates this year.

With graduation season upon us, a flood of young talent is preparing to enter the job market. And careers in tech remain a lucrative option for these new graduates: Of the 15 highest paying entry-level jobs, eight are in the tech industry, according to a new report from LinkedIn.

To create the report, LinkedIn analyzed thousands of profiles of members who said they graduated between 2015 and 2017. Salary information was drawn from data from the LinkedIn Salary tool.

"Technology has infiltrated every aspect of the professional world and that demand stretches beyond the tech sector," said Rachel Bowley, a researcher for LinkedIn Economic Graph, Careers Insights & Analytics. "Through our own research, we've found that hiring in the software industry alone has increased nearly 16% from a year ago. Even further, research has found that graduates who enter the STEM field are typically the highest earners. High demand combined with high salaries, it's no wonder graduates are flocking to these types of roles."

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The company also identified the regions that hire the greatest volume of students, the top five being New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Chicago.

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Here are the top 15 highest paying jobs for recent graduates, along with their median starting salary and the current number of open, entry-level positions across the nation.

1. Investment banking analyst

Median starting salary: $105,000

Number of open entry level roles: 600+

2. Data scientist

Median starting salary: $93,500

Number of open entry level roles: 2,000+

3. Hardware engineer

Median starting salary: $90,000

Number of open entry level roles: 700+

4. Software engineer

Median starting salary: $80,000

Number of open entry level roles: 33,000+

5. Equity research analyst

Median starting salary: $79,500

Number of open entry level roles: 30+

6. Technology analyst

Median starting salary: $76,000

Number of open entry level roles: 190+

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7. Operations engineer

Median starting salary: $75,000

Number of open entry level roles: 800+

8. Pharmaceutical sales representative

Median starting salary: $75,000

Number of open entry level roles: 700+

SEE: Top 10 hottest IT jobs for 2017

9. Consulting analyst

Median starting salary: $75,000

Number of open entry level roles: 4,000+

10. Management consultant

Median starting salary: $74,300

Number of open entry level roles: 150+

11. Security engineer

Median starting salary: $74,200

Number of open entry level roles: 2,000+

12. Process development engineer

Median starting salary: $73,000

Number of open entry level roles: 90+

13. Investment analyst

Median starting salary: $72,500

Number of open entry level roles: 500+

14. User experience design

Median starting salary: $72,000

Number of open entry level roles: 200+

15. Pilot

Median starting salary: $70,000

Number of open entry level roles: 14,000+

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About Alison DeNisco Rayome

Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.

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