Graduates of Michigan Tech head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the automotive supplier industry, the engineering services industry, and the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the automotive manufacturing industry. Michigan Tech alumni rake in larger-than-average salaries, and they also score high on the SATs. The average salary for a grad from Michigan Tech is about $80K.
With a 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of this school's graduates who completed the questionnaire.
Among Michigan Tech graduates, the biggest earners are Chief Information Officers, who haul in around $135K on average. Next on the list are Chief Engineers and Mechanical Engineers, bringing in $100K and $78K, respectively. Civil Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $49K.
A large number of students head to Auburn Hills, Mich. after college. With a median salary of $135K, Marquette, Mich. represents the highest-paid city popular among Michigan Tech grads. On the other end, Michigan Tech grads flock to Appleton, Wisc., which actually offers the weakest median salary of approximately $73K. Nearby Grand Rapids, Mich. and Indianapolis, Ind. also rank high on the list of cities for Michigan Tech grads.
Financial compensation is highest for Michigan Tech grads with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) (average earnings climb to $115K per year). A Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (CE) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $60K.
Knowledge of SQL seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 29 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $103K). Just under one in three Michigan Tech grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Demonstrated ability in Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Autodesk AutoCAD rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in four survey participants, respectively). A large number of respondents have medical plans, and a strong majority of alums have dental insurance. A large number of alums opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Graduates of Michigan Technological University are also recipients of a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.
Graduates of Michigan Tech bring in larger median paychecks than alumni of comparable schools, but they make amounts closest to University of South Dakota grads, who report a median of approximately $64K. The University of North Dakota, South Dakota State University, and Bowling Green State University-Main Campus are also similar to Michigan Tech.