Graduates of the UIC work in a variety of sectors including the engineering services industry, the health care industry, and the financial services industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the consulting industry. Median pay for those who graduated from the UIC amounts to about $71K.
The UIC alumni who make the most are Software Engineers; they report a median pay of around $116K. Senior Software Engineers and Senior Financial Analysts draw in a fair amount as well — $100K and $68K, respectively. On the lower end, Paralegals report making approximately $44K.
More often than not, UIC grads continue living in Chicago, Ill. (the larger part of former students to be exact) even though the average salary here takes last place on the pay scale ($63K). However, UIC grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Schaumburg, Ill. — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of $102K.
Financial compensation is highest for UIC grads with a Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) (average earnings climb to around $140K per year). On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average approximately $45K per year.
Knowledge of Operations Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 38 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($98K). Proficiency in Project Management is common among UIC alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, slightly more than a fifth of former students report doing so. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Just under half of the alumni report receiving paid vacation days, but just one-third of alumni are paid for sick leave. To plan for old age, most graduates maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a large number of grads are given health coverage, and a strong majority of survey participants accept dental insurance. University of Illinois at Chicago grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
University of Wisconsin grads bring in salaries of around $72K, making them the most similar to UIC alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to UIC include Purdue University-Main Campus, Michigan State University, and the University of Iowa.