More grim news for university grads: The starting salaries of those who have recently earned college diplomas have stagnated -- and even dropped -- over recent years, a report says.
Between 2000 and 2012, the wages of fresh college grads dropped 8.5%, a roughly $3,200 decline for full-time workers. In the last six years alone, their pay fell 7.6%, according to a report from the Economic Policy Institute.
Last year, college grads earned an average $16.60 an hour -- about $34,500 a year.
“The wages of young graduates fared poorly even before the Great Recession began,” the report said. “They saw no growth over the entire period of general wage stagnation that began during the business cycle of 2000-2007.”
Women and men did not suffer equally. Between 2007 to 2012, females saw a 10.9% decline in wages while their male counterparts watched their pay drop 6.1%. But between 2000 to 2012, men were the worst hit, suffering a 9.4% decline while women saw their wages fall 6.6%.