Former UIUC students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the engineering services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the insurance and financial services industry. The most popular field is the consulting industry. Starting salaries of $72K are the median among UIUC grads.
UIUC grads who become Presidents garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $168K annually. However, Engineering Senior Project Managers and Aerospace Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $119K and $81K, respectively). Sliding in near the bottom are Mechanical Engineers, who report earnings of $64K.
A large number of students head to Chicago, Ill. after college. The top-paying city popular with UIUC alumni is New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of around $110K. On the other end, UIUC grads flock to Peoria, Ill., which actually offers the weakest median salary of approximately $67K. Other popular cities include St. Louis, Mo. and Champaign, Ill.
UIUC grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Biology can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $131K per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor's Degree, Economics fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of approximately $48K.
About a fifth of UIUC grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Former Fighting Illini with Budget Management experience garner salaries that are 50 percent more than other grads' salaries. Competency in Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel also warrants excellent remuneration.
Benefits and Perks
Roughly half of the graduates do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of former students set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). For this school, a large number of alums are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of former students pick up dental plans, too. University of Illinois at Urbana grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Alumni of University of Missouri pick up average paychecks of $67K, which is closest to the amount made by UIUC grads among similar schools. Purdue University-Main Campus, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are also similar to UIUC.