Graduates of SMU are found working in a number of different fields including the financial services industry, the real estate industry, and the entertainment or video game software development industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the aerospace and defense industry. Those with an education from SMU earn an average of $73K.
Male graduates of SMU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of approximately $85K versus $60K for women.
Among SMU graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Financial Analysts, who haul in around $80K on average. Next on the list are Marketing Directors and Directors of Operations, bringing in about $76K and $60K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Marketing Managers who make an average of $54K.
When it comes to compensation, Dallas, Texas brings up the rear (median pay is approximately $64K); however, nearly one-half of SMU alumni still choose not to leave this city. SMU grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in San Francisco, Calif. — pay averages to $167K.
With a median annual earnings of $194K per year, former Mustangs who have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) are the best paid among the alumni population. A B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $52K).
Approximately one-seventh of SMU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Former Mustangs who have experience with Financial Analysis can expect to make 138 percent more than other alumni (around $174K on average). Also considered top-notch skills are Marketing Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-seventh of alumni for sick time. Most alumni opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. A large number of grads receive health insurance, and a fair number of respondents get dental coverage. Southern Methodist University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Median pay for Brigham Young University grads is $74K, making their salaries most similar to those of SMU grads. Other schools similar to SMU include Saint Louis University-Main Campus, the University of Denver, and Claremont Graduate University.