Graduates of the UF work in a variety of sectors including the engineering services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the software development industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the financial services industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UF is $66K.
A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $59K on average compared to about $71K for male graduates.
Among UF alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of $110K, followed by Attorneys ($100K), and Physician Assistants (around $88K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Marketing Managers who make an average of approximately $47K.
Many UF students are Orlando, Fla.-bound following college. New York, N.Y. is another hot spot for UF grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $110K). Relative to other popular cities, Gainesville ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is approximately $54K); however, University of Florida grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. UF alumni express interest in nearby Jacksonville, Fla. and Miami, Fla. as well.
A Bachelor of Science in Finance will compensate UF grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in around $125K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $51K per year.
Engineering Design commands a pay premium of 58 percent for former Gators. UF alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Excel, with nearly one in seven grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Most grads set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). It is no small feat that most survey participants are given health coverage, and the larger part of alums accept dental insurance. Other benefits that University of Florida alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Mississippi State University graduates, who earn $63K on average, make a similar amount to UF grads. Other schools similar to UF include Florida State University, the University of South Florida-Main Campus, and Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.