Graduates of the USC head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the financial services industry, the education industry, and the medical device manufacturing industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular field is the aerospace and defense industry. It is typical for USC grads — a group that usually scores high on the SATs — to earn above-average incomes as well. Graduates of the USC earn around $78K on average.
There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $88K after graduating from USC, the average woman earns only approximately $67K.
Director, Marketing and Communicationss win the contest for best-paid USC alumni, making $119K on average every year, though Software Engineers ($115K), and Software Engineers (about $81K) are not far behind. Marketing Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $65K.
Slightly less than a third of USC students choose to remain in Los Angeles, Calif. after graduation, where the average salary is actually the lowest at $68K. For those seeking more money, San Jose, Calif. is a popular destination for former USC students; median pay is approximately $141K. Other popular cities for USC alumni include nearby Irvine, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.
A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance leads to the highest pay for USC grads ($160K on average per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Master of Social Work (MSW) — their annual income amounts to around $38K on average.
Project Management is a common skill among USC alumni — roughly one in seven grads mention using it at work. Knowledge of Financial Modeling seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 39 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $108K). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Financial Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; approximately half of the respondents get vacation time, whereas just one in three grads get paid sick leave. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of survey participants, and a large number of grads report health coverage. A large number of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that University of Southern California alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Compensation averages $74K for Tulane University of Louisiana alumni, making their earnings most comparable to USC grads. The California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Rice University are also similar to USC.