Michigan Tech alumni can most commonly be found in the engineering services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular career sector among alumni 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. Median pay for those who graduated from Michigan Tech amounts to approximately $80K.
The school's graduates who responded to the survey are largely male (the male-to-female ratio is 3 to 1).
Chief Information Officers win the contest for best-paid Michigan Tech alumni, making $135K on average every year, though Mechanical Engineers ($78K), and Process Engineers (around $73K) are not far behind. On the lower end, Civil Engineers report making $49K.
Home to a large number of Michigan Tech alums, Auburn Hills, Mich. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. The top-paying city popular with Michigan Tech alumni is Marquette, Mich., which offers a median salary of $135K. Home to the lowest median salary for Michigan Tech alumni is Appleton, Wisc., a popular place for former students despite its about $73K average paycheck. Seattle, Wash. and Grand Rapids, Mich. are popular choices as well.
A Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) will compensate Michigan Tech grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $115K on average per year. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (CE) are the lowest of the pack, earning $60K.
Michigan Tech grads are usually competent in Project Management, and slightly less than a third of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Former Huskies with SQL experience garner salaries that are 28 percent more than other grads' salaries. Demonstrated ability in Engineering Design, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Most alumni receive health insurance, and a fair number of alumni get dental coverage. A large number of survey participants set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits awarded to Michigan Technological University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
Compared to grads of similar schools, Michigan Tech grads report higher earnings on average, though they are closest to University of South Dakota alums, who earn around $64K on average. Other schools similar to Michigan Tech include the University of North Dakota, South Dakota State University, and Bowling Green State University-Main Campus.