Professionally, the health care services industry, IT services, and the education industry are popular business areas among SIU alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of SIU is around $57K.
Male graduates of SIU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $66K versus approximately $41K for women.
Many SIU grads flock to Chicago, Ill. It is also not uncommon to find former SIU students living and working in New York, N.Y. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $82K. Champaign, Ill. is a popular spot for former SIU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $34K. St. Louis, Mo. and Carbondale, Ill. are also desirable cities.
A graduate with a Master of Science (MS) from SIU can rake in a whopping average $68K per year, more than any other degree from this school. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management ($39K on average annually).
For former Salukis, proficiency in Operations Management warrants a paycheck that is nearly double other alumni salaries. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is common among SIU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, roughly a seventh of former students report doing so. Customer Service, Operations Management, and Accounting are among other dominant skills.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. Health coverage is awarded to most former students, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of survey participants as well. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most alumni contribute to a 401(k). Southern Illinois University Carbondale grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Kansas State University grads bring in salaries of around around $57K, making them the most similar to SIU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to SIU include the University of Memphis, Ohio University-Main Campus, and the University of Mississippi.