La Tech alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the engineering services industry, IT services, and the consulting industry. The most popular field is clinical care. The average salary for a grad from La Tech is $60K.
Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks around $71K per year, but the second group takes home only about $52K.
The biggest paychecks among La Tech alumni are earned by Civil Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $79K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Process Engineers (approximately $78K) and Electrical Engineers ($76K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Design Architects; alumni in this role face average salaries of $59K.
Shreveport, La. is a hot spot for La Tech alum. Houston, Texas is another hot spot for La Tech grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to about $77K). On the far end of the pay scale, La Tech alumni often reside in Monroe, La., which is home to the lowest pay at $51K. Nearby Ruston, La. and Dallas, Texas also rank high on the list of cities for La Tech grads.
With a median annual earnings of approximately $117K per year, former Bulldogs who have a Master of Computer Science (MCS) are the best paid among the alumni population. Graduates holding a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $45K.
Knowledge of Budget Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 45 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($87K). Project Management is a common skill among La Tech alumni — roughly a sixth of grads mention using it at work. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. Health benefits extend to most graduates, and a majority of the survey participants also receive dental coverage. Most former students take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Additional benefits handed to Louisiana Tech University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Alumni of University of Louisiana at Lafayette pick up average paychecks of $60K, which is closest to the amount made by La Tech grads among similar schools. Jackson State University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of South Alabama are also similar to La Tech.