Graduates of GS work in a variety of sectors including the software development industry, the health care industry, and the travel and hospitality services industry. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of GS is about $59K.
There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $63K, but the median for the latter is only approximately $52K.
Many GS grads end up living in Savannah, Ga., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. The top-paying city popular with GS alumni is Atlanta, Ga., which offers a median salary of $65K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with GS alumni is Lawrenceville, Ga., which offers a median salary of around $29K.
GS grads who hold a Master of Science (MS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $103K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) ($40K on average annually).
Approximately one-fifth of GS grads wind up using Microsoft Office at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Knowledge of Engineering Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 31 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($77K). Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Operations Management.
Benefits and Perks
Although a little less than half of the former students are compensated for vacation days, only two-fifths of alumni are paid for sick time. A large number of graduates receive health insurance, and a strong majority of alumni get dental coverage. Most grads participate in a 401(k) program. Georgia Southern University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
Compensation averages $59K for Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to GS grads. Other schools similar to GS include the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of West Florida, and North Carolina A & T State University.