Graduates of the UCF are found working in a number of different fields including IT services, the software development industry, and the manufacturing industry. Among UCF grads, the aerospace and defense industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UCF is approximately $51K.
The biggest paychecks among UCF alumni are earned by Senior Technical Consultants — these former students make a median salary of $95K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Senior Civil Engineers (about $90K) and Mechanical Engineers ($74K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Event Managers who make an average of $43K.
Graduates of UCF seem to enjoy living in Orlando, and more than two-fifths of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. The top-paying city popular with UCF alumni is Atlanta, Ga., which offers a median salary of $86K. Miami, Fla. is a popular spot for former UCF students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at around $52K. Nearby Melbourne, Fla. is also a top pick for UCF grads, as is Tampa, Fla.
Financial compensation is highest for UCF grads with a Doctorate (PhD), Optics (average earnings climb to approximately $102K per year). On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor's Degree, Hospitality Management tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $37K per year.
Nearly one in seven UCF grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Knowledge of SQL seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 79 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($91K). Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
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 in four survey participants for sick time. A strong majority of graduates receive health insurance, and the larger part of alumni get dental coverage. A fair number of grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. University of Central Florida alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
University of South Florida grads report the most similar salaries to UCF alums, earning $52K on average. The University of Alabama at Huntsville, North Dakota State University-Main Campus, and Montana State University are also similar to UCF.