Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Colette M. Taylor

Second Advisor

Sarah Shultz

Third Advisor

Mark Roddy


This study explores data of newly graduated students hired into the workforce. It uses data from the National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG), a longitudinal study started in 1993 by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSCG uses a questionnaire to collect data on demographic, education, employment, and occupation attributes from all graduating students and emphasizes those working in science and engineering fields. In addition, this study sought to identify any wage gap that may exist between STEM and non-STEM fields in the last decade. The study found average salaries of standard occupational codes were affected by race/ethnicity, gender, and degree type. Wage gaps due to all analyzed factors (e.g. gender, race/ethnicity, discipline, and degree level) were found to exist in the data between 2010-2019. The quantitative data analysis of this archival data employed statistical methods using various software tools:(MATLAB, SPSS, Tableau, and Excel).