The UA alumni find work in an assortment of industries including public K-12 education, the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry, and the financial services industry. The majority of UA alumni wind up in the manufacturing industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UA is $58K.
After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $48K where the average male graduate hauls home around $64K.
Among UA alumni, those working as Engineering Supervisors report the highest median pay of $96K, followed by Mechanical Engineers (approximately $54K), and Graphic Designers (about $43K). On the lower end, Supply Chain Analysts report making $40K.
Many UA grads end up living in Cleveland, Ohio, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. The top-paying city popular with UA alumni is Mentor, Ohio, which offers a median salary of $108K. University of Akron Main Campus pride remains intact long after college is over, and many former students choose to live in Akron despite the city offering some of the lowest median pay ($50K). Close-by Wooster, Ohio and Elyria, Ohio are also desirable cities among UA alumni.
UA grads who hold a Doctorate (PhD) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $102K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) (approximately $38K on average annually).
Former Zips who have experience with Project Management can expect to make 21 percent more than other alumni ($70K on average). Proficiency in Project Management is common among UA alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, just under a fifth of former students report doing so. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, slightly less than one-third of grads report receiving the former, whereas just half of the alumni report receiving the latter. A large number of alums set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health coverage is awarded to most graduates, and dental insurance is issued to a majority of graduates as well. University of Akron Main Campus graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
Cleveland State University grads report the most similar salaries to UA alums, earning around $57K on average. Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, Wright State University-Main Campus, and Ball State University are also similar to UA.