Professionally, the manufacturing industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the education industry are popular business areas among Auburn alumni. A large chunk of former Auburn students are employed in the banking industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Median pay for those who graduated from Auburn amounts to $69K.
There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $79K after graduating from Auburn, the average woman earns only approximately $52K.
The Auburn alumni who make the most are Pharmacists; they report a median pay of around $112K. Chemical Engineers and Senior Process Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $104K and about $103K, respectively. Graphic Designers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $42K.
Atlanta, Ga. is a hub for Auburn graduates — a large number call this city home. Auburn grads also flock to Huntsville, Ala., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is about $65K). Auburn alumni in Tuscaloosa, Ala. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $41K. Other cities of interest among Auburn alumni include nearby Birmingham, Ala. and Montgomery, Ala.
Auburn grads who hold a Bachelor's Degree, Chemical Engineering can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average around $103K per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management (HRM) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $34K on average per year.
Former Tigers with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are 51 percent more than other grads' salaries. Many Auburn grads have knowledge of Project Management, with approximately one in five alumni using this program on the clock. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Autodesk AutoCAD is highly valued as well.
Benefits and Perks
A little less than half of the survey participants report receiving paid vacation days, but just one-third of alumni are paid for sick leave. A large number of alumni receive health insurance, and a fair number of former students get dental coverage. To plan for old age, most alums maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Auburn University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.
Alumni of University of Texas at Arlington pick up average paychecks of $64K, which is closest to the amount made by Auburn grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to Auburn include the University of Alabama, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Clemson University.