Starting salary for the class of 2018: $50,390

Asking for a raise: Women vs. men

Asking for a raise: Women vs. men

There should be a lot more job openings for the college class of 2018, but starting salaries won’t be much higher than last year.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn an average of $ 50,390 annually in their first jobs, according to a new survey by consulting firm Korn Ferry, little changed from the previous year.

“With the 2018 US inflation rate hovering just over 2%, real wages for this year’s grads are virtually flat,” said Maryam Morse, Korn Ferry Senior Client Partner.

But it should be easier to find a job than in previous years. The unemployment rate recently dropped below 4% for the first time since 2000.

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Pay will vary by industry. Those in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields earn significantly more than average.

For example, the survey found that average pay for entry-level software developers is $ 67,236, while customer service reps start at just $ 35,360. It analyzed salaries across 310,000 entry-level positions from about 1,000 organizations across the country.

Related: What employers look for in new college grads

Another big variable is where you live. Here are the average starting salaries in 10 major US cities.

San Francisco $ 63,995
New York $ 60,972
Boston $ 59,460
Los Angeles $ 56,386
Chicago $ 55,177
Philadelphia $ 54,169
Minneapolis $ 53,766
Denver $ 53,010
Dallas $ 50,743
Atlanta $ 49,584

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