Graduates of the UA are found working in a number of different fields including public K-12 education, the water utilities industry, and the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry. The manufacturing industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. The average salary for a grad from the UA is $57K.
There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $63K, but the median for the latter is only approximately $48K.
Among UA alumni, those working as Mechanical Engineers report the highest median pay of $54K, followed by Graphic Designers ($43K). Supply Chain Analysts wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning about $40K.
Many UA students are Cleveland, Ohio-bound following college. Mentor, Ohio is another hot spot for UA grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to around $108K). Though median pay is subpar ($50K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Akron after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Nearby Wooster, Ohio and Auburn Hills, Mich. also rank high on the list of cities for UA grads.
A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME) will compensate UA grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $90K on average per year. Those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average around $38K per year.
Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Zips — they earn 19 percent more than their fellow graduates. Many UA grads have knowledge of Project Management, with slightly less than one-fifth of alumni using this program on the clock. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, a little less than a third of respondents report receiving the former, whereas just half of the alumni report receiving the latter. To plan for old age, a large number of alums maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of alumni, and more than half of alumni sign up for dental plans. Other benefits that University of Akron Main Campus alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
Compensation averages about $56K for Cleveland State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to UA grads. Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, Wright State University-Main Campus, and Ball State University are also similar to UA.