The UD alumni can most commonly be found in the financial services industry, the medical office industry, and the telecommunications industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UD is about $62K.
It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of approximately $55K whereas the men's median is $72K.
The most lucrative professionals among UD alumni are Civil Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $63K. Also nearing the top of the pay scale at $55K are Operations Analysts. Salaries are anything but generous for Project Engineers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at around $43K.
Many UD students are New York, N.Y.-bound following college. UD grads also flock to Atlanta, Ga., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $116K). Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Newark at $35K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of University of Delaware grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Other popular cities for UD alumni include nearby Wilmington, Del. and Philadelphia, Pa.
UD students with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) can expect to make the most money (around $117K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those holding a Bachelor's Degree, Business Management are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $43K on average per year.
Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among UD alumni, with close to one-fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. For former Fightin' Blue Hens, proficiency in Project Management warrants a paycheck that is 45 percent more than other alumni salaries. Proficiency in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Financial Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
Benefits and Perks
Although nearly half of the survey participants are compensated for vacation days, only one-third of alumni are paid for sick time. Health coverage is awarded to most graduates, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of alumni as well. A large number of grads save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits awarded to University of Delaware alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, gym / health club / fitness membership, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Compensation averages about $63K for Rutgers University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to UD grads. Other schools similar to UD include the University of Maryland-College Park, CUNY Graduate School and University Center, and Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus.