The Average New Graduate Salary | eHow.com If they were willing to take one of the MANY entry level corporate jobs that are currently available, the average 2011 college graduate would earn $48,000 a year, and if that person took a roommate in a 2 bedroom apt, they'd earn $96,000 total. Take $12-15,000 a year off for rent, and another $6K for power/cable/water, that would leave about $28,000 a year each for fun and paying off loans. But, they'd have to take entry level work, at a job they probably wont find enlightening or inspiring or stimulating. Like Enterprise Rental Car, or Boeing, or Target. Yes, a corporation. But, they have no fucking excuse except to blame themselves. Lazy, spoiled, entitled brats. All of 'em.