US New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey

What does the incoming workforce want

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It’s exciting to recruit fresh talent, but with shifting preferences, setting graduate hiring salaries or figuring out perks that Generation Z finds the most valuable, can leave many scratching their heads.

Make strategic HR decisions, with regards to young talent, using the US New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey. Get your starting pay right, with compensation data across nine degree types and 15 discipline types. Gain valuable insights into the top recruitment and compensation trends with data from 102 organizations from across the country. Evaluate your talent strategy by comparing data from this gen z survey, such as:

  • New graduate salaries
  • Hourly rates for co-op students
  • Hourly intern rates
  • Tuition reimbursement or assistance for co-op students and summer interns
Do you have the data to attract your workforce of the future?

Participation open: June – July

Data effective: July 1

Results publish: October

2021 Results Available

  • 102 organizations
  • USD 700 – 2,100
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Survey Statistics

  • # Organizations: 102

Based on data from the 2021 US New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey

Data Collected

  • Annual starting salaries for new graduates
  • Hourly rates for co-op students
  • Hourly rates for summer interns
  • Tuition reimbursement or assistance for co-op students and summer interns

Data Analyzed

Types of Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)/Bachelor in Commerce (BCom)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng/BSc Eng)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS/BSc)
  • Community College Diploma/Associates Degree
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science (MSc)


  • North Central
  • Northeast
  • South Central
  • Southeast
  • West Coast


  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Business/Finance
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics

Position Families Analyzed

  • Co-op students
  • New graduates
  • Summer interns

Want to understand new graduate trends in Canada? Access the Canada New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey for key insights.

Survey results are delivered in a published PDF format to your account under My Downloads.


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Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in this new graduate salary and generation z survey here.

2022 survey participation

2022 survey participation is now closed. The act of submitting data to a survey is known as survey participation and your company is then viewed as a participant. Survey participation is open to all organizations and is not required to purchase results.

Key Dates:

  • Participation opens: June 1, 2022
  • Participation closes: July 15, 2022

Why should you participate?

  • Align your pay to the market
  • Maximize your budget by making informed decisions to ensure you are not overpaying or underpaying
  • Understand recruiting and pay trends for college grads
  • Secure a significant discount on survey results

To learn more about how you can become a participant, please contact us.

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