Professionally, the manufacturing industry, the education industry, and the financial services industry are popular business areas among Augustana alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the banking industry. Graduates of Augustana earn $53K on average.
Augustana grads who become Account Managers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average around $63K annually. However, Marketing Managers and Financial Analysts also rank as top-earners (bringing in approximately $60K and $57K, respectively). Marketing Coordinators face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $41K.
Rock Island, Ill. is a hub for Augustana graduates — a large number call this city home. It is no surprise that Chicago, Ill., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $63K), is another of the most popular spots for former Augustana students. Home to the lowest median salary for Augustana alumni is Davenport, Iowa, a popular place for former students despite its about $41K average paycheck. Other common destinations for Augustana grads include close-by Moline, Ill. and Schaumburg, Ill.
A graduate with a Doctorate (PhD) from Augustana can rake in a whopping average $120K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Graduates holding a B.A. in Biology fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of around $41K.
Financial Analysis commands a pay premium of 38 percent for Augustana College grads. Around one in ten grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Project Management.
Benefits and Perks
Just one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and merely one in five survey participants get paid sick time. It is no small feat that most respondents are given health coverage, and a majority of alums accept dental insurance. Most graduates save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Augustana College grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Alumni of Cornell College pick up average paychecks of $55K, which is closest to the amount made by Augustana grads among similar schools. Knox College, Monmouth College, and Coe College are also similar to Augustana.