Professionally, the construction industry, the architectural services industry, and the engineering services industry are popular business areas among Auburn alumni. Among Auburn grads, the aerospace and defense industry is a commonly chosen career field. Median pay for those who graduated from Auburn amounts to $64K.
There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $70K, but the median for the latter is only $56K.
The biggest paychecks among Auburn alumni are earned by Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of about $79K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Operations Managers (around $77K) and Electrical Engineers ($70K). Sliding in near the bottom are Project Engineers, who report earnings of approximately $62K.
Atlanta, Ga. is a hot spot for Auburn alum. With a median salary of around $74K, Huntsville, Ala. represents the highest-paid city popular among Auburn grads. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Auburn at $55K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Auburn University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Graduates of Auburn also relocate to Birmingham, Ala., which is not far away, and Montgomery, Ala.
Former Tigers who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) and earn a median salary of about $99K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Master of Education (MEd) — their annual income amounts to $45K on average.
Budget Management commands a pay premium of 22 percent for former Tigers. Many Auburn grads have knowledge of Project Management, with slightly less than one-fifth of alumni using this program on the clock. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.
Benefits and Perks
Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in five survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of alumni allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health insurance benefits extend to most grads, and a fair number of alums sign up for dental plans. Auburn University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.
Clemson University graduates, who earn $65K on average, make a similar amount to Auburn grads. The University of Alabama, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Mississippi are also similar to Auburn.