Graduates of Pitt are found working in a number of different fields including the manufacturing industry, the software development industry, and higher education. The financial services industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former Pitt graduates bring in $62K on average.
Engineering Project Managers win the contest for best-paid Pitt alumni, making $110K on average every year, though Senior Software Engineers (about $105K), and Engineering Group Managers (around $88K) are not far behind. Project Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $52K.
Pitt alumni seem to appreciate living in Pittsburgh, and about one-half of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. Washington, DC is also a common destination for Pitt grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $147K. Home to the lowest median salary for Pitt alumni is New York, N.Y., a popular place for former students despite its approximately $58K average paycheck. Nearby Philadelphia, Pa. is also a top pick for Pitt grads, as is Wexford, Pa.
Pitt grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average around $147K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration (approximately $52K on average annually).
Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 29 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($80K). Project Management is a common skill among Pitt alumni — a little less than one-fifth of grads mention using it at work. Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.
Benefits and Perks
As for time away from work, a little less than half of the former students are compensated for vacation days, but only one in four survey participants can take paid time off due to illness. Nearly all survey participants have medical plans, and most graduates have dental insurance. Nearly all respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). University of Pittsburgh alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.
Schools similar to Pitt include Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, Ohio State University-Main Campus, and the University of Delaware.