Graduates of the USA head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the health care industry, the health care services industry, and the engineering services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be clinical care. The average starting salary for a graduate of the USA is around $62K.
There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $71K after graduating from USA, the average woman earns only approximately $59K.
Family Nurse Practitioners win the contest for best-paid USA alumni, making $86K on average every year, though Physician Assistants ($84K), and Mechanical Engineers (about $76K) are not far behind. Sliding in near the bottom are Graphic Designers, who report earnings of $37K.
Despite handing out the worst average salary ($51K), Mobile, Ala. holds on to its USA student population, and over a third of grads continue to reside in the city. By comparison, the top-paying city popular with USA alumni is Houston, Texas, which offers a median salary of approximately $101K. Pensacola, Fla. and Atlanta, Ga. also rank high on the list of cities.
USA grads who hold a Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $89K per year. Those with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $36K per year.
Competency in Engineering Design translates into above-average pay for former Jaguars — they earn 26 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among USA alumni, with roughly a tenth of grads reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Microsoft Word are desirable skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. Dental insurance applies to a majority of the survey participants, and a fair number of former students report health coverage. A fair number of grads opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. University of South Alabama alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.
Among alumni of similar schools, University of Texas at El Paso grads (who make an average of $62K) earn salaries most similar to USA alumni. Other schools similar to USA include the University of New Orleans, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Jackson State University.