NC State alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the engineering services industry, the civil engineering services industry, and the construction industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the manufacturing industry. Median pay for those who graduated from NC State amounts to $69K.
The most lucrative professionals among NC State alumni are Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $93K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at approximately $74K and around $67K, respectively, are Mechanical Engineers and Manufacturing Engineers. Structural Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning about $52K.
Raleigh is a popular place for NC State students to settle after graduation, and just under a third of grads find steadfast employment in the city. NC State grads also flock to Chapel Hill, N.C., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $83K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by NC State alumni is Charleston, S.C., where earnings average $58K. In addition, NC State grads flock to neighboring Charlotte, N.C. as well as Durham, N.C.
Former Wolfpacks who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Paper Science and earn a median salary of $118K per year. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor's Degree, Chemical Engineering are the lowest of the pack, earning around $46K.
Former Wolfpacks with People Management abilities can expect to make 26 percent more than their former classmates (about $86K). Many former NC State students are familiar with Project Management, and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-third of alumni, respectively). A large number of alumni enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of alumni receive dental plans, too. A large number of survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Additional perks enjoyed by North Carolina State University at Raleigh grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
Alumni of University of Maryland pick up average paychecks of $69K, which is closest to the amount made by NC State grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to NC State include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.