Georgia Tech alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the financial services industry, the engineering services industry, and the aerospace and defense industry. The software development industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are Georgia Tech grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores reported by this demographic. Following graduation, Georgia Tech students earn an average of $83K.
Former Georgia Tech students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $110K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Senior Software Engineers (approximately $93K) and Software Developers ($92K). Design Engineers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of about $65K in this job.
Graduates of Georgia Tech seem to enjoy living in Atlanta, and nearly two in five grads wind up living and working there after graduation. Austin, Texas is another hot spot for Georgia Tech grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $120K). Georgia Tech alumni in Washington, DC can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at around $58K. Houston, Texas and Alpharetta, Ga. are popular choices as well.
A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) leads to the highest pay for Georgia Tech grads (about $140K on average per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture are the lowest of the pack, earning $45K.
Linux commands a pay premium of 14 percent for former Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech grads are usually competent in Project Management, and just under a fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Other prime know-hows include Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; just over half of the respondents report receiving the former, but only one in three grads report receiving the latter. Health benefits extend to the vast majority of former students, and most survey participants also receive dental coverage. Nearly all survey participants set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Additional benefits handed to Georgia Institute of Technology alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.
Alumni of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pick up average paychecks of approximately $73K, which is closest to the amount made by Georgia Tech grads among similar schools. Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are also similar to Georgia Tech.