Michigan Tech alumni can most commonly be found in the engineering services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the education industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular professional field seems to be the automotive manufacturing industry. In line with impressive SAT scores, Michigan Tech grads also report top-earning positions in the workforce. The average salary for a grad from Michigan Tech is $80K.
The school's graduates who responded to the survey are largely male (the male-to-female ratio is 3 to 1).
Michigan Tech grads who become Chief Information Officers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average approximately $135K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Mechanical Engineers and Process Engineers; their salaries approach around $78K and $73K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Civil Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $49K.
A large number of students head to Auburn Hills, Mich. after college. Michigan Tech alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Marquette, Mich., which offers a median salary of about $135K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Michigan Tech alumni is Appleton, Wisc., where earnings average $73K. Seattle, Wash. is also a common pick among Michigan Tech grads, along with Grand Rapids, Mich.
A Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) leads to the highest pay for Michigan Tech grads ($115K on average per year). 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.
Competency in SQL translates into above-average pay for former Huskies — they earn 29 percent more than their fellow graduates. Michigan Tech alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with just under one in three grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Also considered top-notch skills are Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Autodesk AutoCAD.
Benefits and Perks
Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of respondents contribute to a 401(k). Health coverage is awarded to most graduates, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of former students as well. Additional benefits handed to Michigan Technological University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
University of South Dakota grads bring in salaries of around $66K, making them the most similar to Michigan Tech alumni in terms of earnings. The University of North Dakota, South Dakota State University, and Bowling Green State University-Main Campus are also similar to Michigan Tech.