The UIUC alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the consulting industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the insurance and financial services industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the engineering services industry. Those with an education from the UIUC earn an average of around $71K.
UIUC grads who become Engineering Senior Project Managers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $119K annually. However, Aerospace Engineers and Project Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $81K and approximately $74K, respectively). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Operations Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $64K.
Chicago, Ill. is a hot spot for UIUC alum. It is also not uncommon to find former UIUC students living and working in New York, N.Y. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $110K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with UIUC alumni is Peoria, Ill., which offers a median salary of $67K. Other popular cities include St. Louis, Mo. and Champaign, Ill.
UIUC grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Biology can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $131K per year. A B.A. in Economics offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $50K).
Budget Management commands a pay premium of 52 percent for former Fighting Illini. Project Management is a popular skill among UIUC alumni, with just under one-fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, nearly one in four survey participants report receiving the former, whereas just half of the alumni report receiving the latter. Most graduates take advantage of a 401(k) plan. A large number of alumni have medical plans, and a fair number of grads have dental insurance. Graduates of University of Illinois at Urbana are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Median pay for University of Illinois at Chicago grads is $67K, making their salaries most similar to those of UIUC grads. Other schools similar to UIUC include Purdue University-Main Campus, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the University of Cincinnati-Main Campus.