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Positioned in the top 21 percent of universities by ROI, the University of Illinois at Chicago — a public research school in Chicago, Ill., with around 17,000 undergraduate students — gives families an outstanding long-term payout. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Flames!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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Professionally, the manufacturing industry, the consulting industry, and the software development industry are popular business areas among the UIC alumni. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Starting salaries of $67K are common among UIC grads.
Former UIC students with an interest in making money consider becoming Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to around $74K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Developers ($71K) and Senior Financial Analysts (about $68K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Staff Accountants, making an average of $45K.
Approximately one-half of UIC students choose to remain in Chicago after graduation, where average salaries are actually the lowest at approximately $64K. By comparison, the top-paying city popular with UIC alumni is Boston, which offers median salaries of $115K. Nearby Naperville is also a top pick for UIC grads, as is San Francisco.
UIC grads can make the most money at University of Chicago; average pay at this company is around $63K. A lot of former UIC students flock to the school itself for employment immediately following graduation in spite of its small paychecks — the median salary is ranked lowest at $58K.
A graduate with a medical degree from UIC can rake in a whopping $153K per year, more than any other degree from this school. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Communication tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making $43K per year.
Knowledge of Budget Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 15 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $76K). Project Management is a popular skill among UIC alumni, with nearly one-seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.
Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a solid majority of former students contribute to a 401(k). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a solid majority of graduates are rewarded with health insurance and a fair portion of former students report dental coverage, too. Additional perks enjoyed by University of Illinois at Chicago grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Median pay for Michigan State University grads is $67K, making their salaries most similar to those of UIC grads. Other schools similar to UIC include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University-Main Campus, and the University of Iowa.
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