The most popular professional field seems to be the financial services industry. Former WestConn graduates bring in $67K on average.
It is typical for many WestConn grads (just under a third of former students) to remain in Danbury, Conn., which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is $65K). However, WestConn grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Stamford, Conn. — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of approximately $71K.
A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) will compensate WestConn grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in around $81K on average per year. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor's Degree are the lowest of the pack, earning about $50K.
Close to one-eighth of grads report using Data Analysis as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Knowledge of Organizational Development seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 79 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($121K). Experience with Database Management & Reporting, Microsoft Office, and Financial Analysis is highly valued as well.
Benefits and Perks
A majority of alums report receiving paid vacation days, but just two-fifths of alumni are paid for sick leave. Most former students report contributing to a 401(k). It is no small feat that a large number of grads are given health coverage, and more than half of respondents accept dental insurance. Western Connecticut State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as flexible hours, gym / health club / fitness membership, a company-subsidized cell phone, and life insurance.
Suny Institute of Technology at Utica graduates, who earn $65K on average, make a similar amount to WestConn grads. Westfield State University, Worcester State University, and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania are also similar to WestConn.