Former BYU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including software as a service (SAAS) development, the manufacturing industry, and the software development industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the banking industry. Starting salaries of $72K are the median among BYU grads.
Graduates from this school who take the survey are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is 3 to 1. In the BYU alumni community, men make a median salary of around $75K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $48K.
BYU grads who become Software Architects garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $145K annually. However, Information Technology Directors and Senior Civil Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in approximately $112K and $95K, respectively). Salaries are anything but generous for Mechanical Engineers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $74K.
A large number of students head to Salt Lake City, Utah after college. Draper, Utah is another hot spot for BYU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $120K). Brigham Young University grads are so loyal to Provo that a sizable number choose to stay after graduating, despite median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($47K). Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Ariz. are also desirable cities.
Among the highest-paid BYU alumni are those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) — they earn close to approximately $98K on average per year. Those with a Master of Accounting (MAcc) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average around $60K per year.
Former Cougars who have experience with Financial Analysis can expect to make 9 percent more than other alumni ($79K on average). Proficiency in Project Management is common among BYU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, roughly one in six former students report doing so. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are also considered highly skilled.
Benefits and Perks
Though the larger part of graduates get paid time off for vacation, only one in three grads receive paid sick leave. For this school, the vast majority of respondents are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of alumni pick up dental plans, too. The vast majority of former students take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Graduates of Brigham Young University are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Syracuse University grads bring in salaries of around $72K, making them the most similar to BYU alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Denver, Claremont Graduate University, and Saint Louis University-Main Campus are also similar to BYU.