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 8-to-1. After graduation, women earn less than men do, a finding consistent with alumni reports. This report is based on the answers of Michigan Tech graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Michigan Technological University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
26 salaries
Electrical Engineer
12 salaries
Project Engineer
10 salaries
Civil Engineer
10 salaries
Software Developer
7 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
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1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295



State School, Research University, Engineering

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Former Michigan Tech students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the engineering services industry, the automotive systems and components manufacturing industry, and the software development industry. The most popular field is the automotive manufacturing industry. It is quite common for Michigan Tech grads — a demographic that scores high on the SATs — to earn top-notch salaries in the workforce. Starting salaries of $78K are the median among Michigan Tech grads.


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 Construction Project Managers report the highest median pay of about $85K, followed by Software Engineers ($82K), and Design Engineers ($75K). Sliding in near the bottom are Mechanical Engineers, who report earnings of around $68K.


Detroit, Mich. is a hub for Michigan Tech graduates — a large number call this city home. It is also not uncommon to find former Michigan Tech students living and working in Chicago, Ill. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $93K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Michigan Tech grads is Green Bay, Wisc. (median compensation is approximately $63K). Other cities of interest among Michigan Tech alumni include nearby Grand Rapids, Mich. and Minneapolis, Minn.

Degree Major

Former Huskies who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering and earn a median salary of around $119K per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of approximately $56K.


Project Management is a popular skill among Michigan Tech alumni, with just under a third of workers reporting using it on the job. For former Huskies, proficiency in Product Development warrants a paycheck that is 16 percent more than other alumni salaries. Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. Nearly all grads report contributing to a 401(k). The vast majority of graduates enjoy benefits like health insurance, while most former students receive dental plans, too. Additional benefits handed to Michigan Technological University alumni include a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Cleveland State University graduates, who earn $65K on average, make a similar amount 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.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Michigan Technological University


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$40,851 - $80,077
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
$61,902 - $111,910
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