NC State alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the manufacturing industry, the civil engineering services industry, and the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. The engineering services industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. NC State graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $68K.
The NC State alumni who make the most are Research & Development Managers; they report a median pay of $116K. Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $93K and $66K, respectively. On the lower end, Structural Engineers report making around $52K.
NC State students enjoy their time in Raleigh, and just under one in three students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. It is also not uncommon to find former NC State students living and working in Chicago, Ill. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $82K. On the far end of the pay scale, NC State alumni often reside in Charleston, S.C., which is home to the lowest pay at about $58K. Nearby Charlotte, N.C. and Durham, N.C. also rank high on the list of cities for NC State grads.
Financial compensation is highest for NC State grads with a Bachelor of Science in Paper Science (average earnings climb to $118K per year). Those with a Bachelor's Degree, Chemical Engineering face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $46K per year.
Project Management is a popular skill among NC State alumni, with between a fifth and a fourth of grads reporting using it on the job. Former Wolfpacks with People Management abilities can expect to make 27 percent more than their former classmates ($86K). Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.
Benefits and Perks
Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. Most grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to most alums, and a fair number of former students sign up for dental plans. 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.
University of Maryland grads bring in salaries of around approximately $69K, making them the most similar to NC State alumni in terms of earnings. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Virginia Commonwealth University are also similar to NC State.