Average Salary for Michigan Technological University Alumni

Nestled away in Houghton, Mich., Michigan Technological University, a school, has a student population of roughly 6,000. The survey pool is heavily weighted toward men, with a male-to-female ratio of 7-to-1. After graduation, women earn less than men do, a finding consistent with alumni reports. The data in this summary come from Michigan Tech alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Michigan Technological University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Mechanical Engineer
33 salaries
Project Engineer
16 salaries
Electrical Engineer
14 salaries
Civil Engineer
11 salaries
Design Engineer
9 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Software Engineer
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365

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About This School

1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295



State School, Research University, Engineering

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Graduates of Michigan Tech go into the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry, the manufacturing industry, and the engineering services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular field is the automotive manufacturing industry. It is typical for Michigan Tech grads — a group that usually scores high on the SATs — to earn above-average incomes as well. Following graduation, Michigan Tech students earn an average of around $77K.


Graduates who took the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.


Among Michigan Tech alumni, those working as Senior Mechanical Engineers report the highest median pay of about $95K, followed by Construction Project Managers (approximately $82K), and Software Engineers ($80K). On the lower end, Mechanical Engineers report making $63K.


Detroit, Mich. is a hub for Michigan Tech graduates — a large number call this city home. The top-paying city popular with Michigan Tech alumni is Chicago, Ill., which offers a median salary of $96K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Michigan Tech alumni is Minneapolis, Minn., where earnings average $64K. Graduates of Michigan Tech also relocate to Grand Rapids, Mich., which is not far away, and Auburn Hills, Mich.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Michigan Tech grads with a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering (average earnings climb to around $119K per year). On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $65K per year.


Product Development commands a pay premium of 19 percent for former Huskies. Michigan Tech grads are usually competent in Project Management, and slightly less than a third of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Also considered top-notch skills are Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Just one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and merely one in five survey participants get paid sick time. Almost all alums receive health insurance, and a large number of survey participants get dental coverage. Almost all former students report contributing to a 401(k). Michigan Technological University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $64K for Cleveland State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Michigan Tech grads. The University of North Dakota, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota are also similar to Michigan Tech.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1590 1945
ACT Scores 24 29

Key Stats for Michigan Technological University


13 %
87 %
$42,500 - $83,417
$51,544 - $92,182
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

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