Graduates of BYU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the manufacturing industry, the software development industry, and the accounting, auditing and tax services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular field is the banking industry. Graduates of BYU earn approximately $73K on average.
After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes around $48K where the average male graduate hauls home $76K. Graduates from this school who take the survey are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is 3 to 1.
The most lucrative professionals among BYU alumni are Software Architects; they earn a median annual salary of $145K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $95K and $83K, respectively, are Senior Civil Engineers and Software Engineers. Software Developers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at about $58K.
A large number of students head to Salt Lake City, Utah after college. Draper, Utah is also a common destination for BYU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $120K. Brigham Young University pride remains intact long after college is over, and many former students choose to live in Provo despite the city offering some of the lowest median pay ($47K). Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Ariz. also rank high on the list of cities.
A graduate with a B.A. in Communication from BYU can rake in a whopping average $99K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Master of Accounting (MAcc) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $60K.
About one in six grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Competency in Financial Analysis translates into above-average pay for former Cougars — they earn 8 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
More than half of graduates are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick leave. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; nearly all alums are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of respondents report dental coverage, too. The vast majority of alumni save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Additional perks enjoyed by Brigham Young University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Syracuse University grads bring in salaries of around $73K, 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.