Graduates of the UF are found working in a number of different fields including the aerospace and defense industry, the financial services industry, and the health care industry. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former UF graduates bring in $68K on average.
Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $75K per year, but the second group takes home only about $62K.
Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid UF alumni, making $120K on average every year, though Software Engineers ($81K), and Construction Project Managers (around $74K) are not far behind. On the lower end, Marketing Managers report making approximately $56K.
Less than ten percent of UF grads stay in Gainesville, Fla., even though it offers the lowest median pay (about $51K). On the other hand, UF alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of around $72K. Nearby Tampa, Fla. is also a top pick for UF grads, as is Miami, Fla.
Among the highest-paid UF alumni are those with a Master of Computer Science (MCS) — they earn close to $109K on average per year. A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($47K).
Nearly one in six UF grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Knowledge of Operations Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 15 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($78K). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. Most graduates save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to a large number of alumni, and a majority of grads also receive dental coverage. University of Florida alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Alumni of University of Houston pick up average paychecks of $66K, which is closest to the amount made by UF grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to UF include Florida State University, the University of South Florida-Main Campus, and Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.