Michigan Tech alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the engineering services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the automotive manufacturing industry. Students of Michigan Tech go on to make comfortable salaries after graduation, a trend consistent with the above-average SAT scores reported by this group. Starting salaries of $80K are the median among Michigan Tech grads.
The school's graduates who responded to the survey are largely male (the male-to-female ratio is 3 to 1).
Among Michigan Tech alumni, those working as Chief Information Officers report the highest median pay of approximately $135K, followed by Mechanical Engineers (around $78K), and Process Engineers ($73K). Civil Engineers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $49K in this job.
Many Michigan Tech grads flock to Auburn Hills, Mich. Another city that attracts a wealth of Michigan Tech grads is Marquette, Mich.; given its high compensation ($135K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the far end of the pay scale, Michigan Tech alumni often reside in Appleton, Wisc., which is home to the lowest pay at about $73K. Other popular cities include Seattle, Wash. and Grand Rapids, Mich.
A graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) from Michigan Tech can rake in a whopping average $115K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (CE) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in about $60K on average per year.
Project Management is a popular skill among Michigan Tech alumni, with slightly less than a third of grads reporting using it on the job. SQL commands a pay premium of 28 percent for former Huskies. Other prime know-hows include Engineering Design, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. For this school, a large number of grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of alumni pick up dental plans, too. A large number of survey participants set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Alumni of Michigan Technological University also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, 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 $64K. Other schools similar to Michigan Tech include the University of North Dakota, South Dakota State University, and Bowling Green State University-Main Campus.