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The Real (Expensive) World: The Cost of Living for New Grads

Congrats, graduate! Your hard work has paid off, and now, diploma in hand, you’re ready to enter the working world.

Whether you’re still job searching or you've already lined up a gig, post-grad life is exciting —minus all the expenses it comes with. And just what are those expenses? Check out the numbers below for a rough idea of how you'll need to budget your paychecks.

It's not a pretty picture, especially for New York or SF-based Muses—but the good news? The median starting salary for new grads has risen to $3,583 a month (check out that breakdown by major).

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