The health care industry, clinical care, and the education industry are just a few of the areas in which the UA grads find work. The majority of UA alumni wind up in the manufacturing industry. Those with a degree from the UA make an average of around $58K.
A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $52K on average compared to approximately $66K for male graduates.
UA grads who become Electrical Engineers, Software Engineers, and Process Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making a median salary of $66K yearly. Sliding in near the bottom are Graphic Designers, who report earnings of about $35K.
UA alumni seem to appreciate living in Akron, and approximately one-fourth of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. With a median salary of $67K, Twinsburg, Ohio represents the highest-paid city popular among UA grads. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among UA grads is Medina, Ohio (median compensation is $47K). Other common destinations for UA grads include close-by Cleveland, Ohio and Canton, Ohio.
UA grads who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $97K per year. A Master of Social Work (MSW) offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($38K).
For former Zips, proficiency in People Management warrants a paycheck that is 34 percent more than other alumni salaries. Project Management is a common skill among UA alumni — nearly one-seventh of grads mention using it at work. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.
Benefits and Perks
Just one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of alumni have medical plans, and a fair number of alums have dental insurance. A large number of survey participants save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that University of Akron Main Campus alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Median pay for Ball State University grads is $54K, making their salaries most similar to those of UA grads. Cleveland State University, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, and Wright State University-Main Campus are also similar to UA.