Graduates of the UA are found working in a number of different fields including public K-12 education, the public accounting industry, and the commercial construction industry. The manufacturing industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Former UA graduates bring in $56K on average.
There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $60K after graduating from UA, the average woman earns only about $45K.
UA grads who become Mechanical Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average around $52K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Graphic Designers — their salaries approach $43K. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Supply Chain Analysts; alumni in this role face average salaries of approximately $40K.
Home to a large number of UA alums, Cleveland, Ohio is by far the most attractive city for these former students. UA alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Mentor, Ohio, which offers a median salary of $108K. University of Akron Main Campus grads are so loyal to Akron that a sizable number choose to stay after graduating, despite median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (approximately $50K). Graduates of UA also relocate to Elyria, Ohio, which is not far away, and Pittsburgh, Pa.
A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME) earns UA students the most money after college (an average about $90K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) — their annual income amounts to $38K on average.
Many UA grads have knowledge of Project Management, with just under one in five alumni using this program on the clock. For former Zips, proficiency in Marketing Communications warrants a paycheck that is 12 percent more than other alumni salaries. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Engineering Design are also considered highly skilled.
Benefits and Perks
Half of the alumni are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one in four survey participants get paid sick leave. A large number of respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while the larger part of alumni receive dental plans, too. Most survey participants set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Additional perks enjoyed by University of Akron Main Campus grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Alumni of Cleveland State University pick up average paychecks of $56K, which is closest to the amount made by UA grads among similar schools. Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, Wright State University-Main Campus, and Ball State University are also similar to UA.