Graduation Cap Recruiters estimate entry-level employees will be offered an average of $56,532 this year, up more than $10,000 since last year's estimate of an average of $45,361. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Things are looking up for the latest crop of grads: they're expecting good starting salaries and planning on a more-defined career path, which may mean they won't be job-hopping the way their elder colleagues have been doing.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.