The UF alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the engineering services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the manufacturing industry. The financial services industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Starting salaries of $66K are the median among UF grads.
Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks about $73K per year, but the second group takes home only $59K.
In the UF alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay (around $110K), though Attorneys ($100K), and Construction Project Managers ($89K) are close competitors. Marketing Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at approximately $47K.
Many UF grads end up living in Orlando, Fla., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. It is no surprise that New York, N.Y., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $110K), is another of the most popular spots for former UF students. University of Florida pride remains intact long after college is over, and many former students choose to live in Gainesville despite the city offering some of the lowest median pay (around $55K). In addition, UF grads flock to neighboring Miami, Fla. as well as Jacksonville, Fla.
UF grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Finance can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $125K per year. Those holding a Master of Public Administration (MPA) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in approximately $51K on average per year.
Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among UF alumni, with about one in eight grads reporting using it on the job. Competency in Engineering Design translates into above-average pay for former Gators — they earn 60 percent more than their fellow graduates. Competency in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis also warrants excellent remuneration.
Benefits and Perks
Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. It is no small feat that most graduates are given health coverage, and the larger part of survey participants accept dental insurance. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of alums contribute to a 401(k). Other benefits that University of Florida alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Alumni of Mississippi State University pick up average paychecks of $64K, 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.