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Tools for Approximating Your Full-Time Earning Potential (How Good Is That Salary Offer?)

As an engineering student, it's likely that you've thought about what you might earn as a salary after you graduate. You're taking tough classes and spending a lot of time studying-so you're probably expecting to reap the rewards of that hard work upon securing career employment. But how do you determine whether a particular offer makes sense for your degree level, GPA, major, and the location of the job?

A great starting place is to look at the data that ECS collects, available on our website under "Salaries & Statistics." ECS tracks engineering students' wages and salary information, not only for the College of Engineering, but for students like you so that you are aware of the "going rate" for new grads in engineering fields.

A relatively new tool that we're excited to share with you is the Salary Calculator. This program will ask you for information relating to your education, employment history, geographical location, and more to create accurate compensation guidance. The customization of the Salary Calculator, as well as the reputation of the content provider (the National Association of Colleges & Employers), sets it apart from other online salary calculators you may have seen on the web.

Lastly, ECS advisors are competent evaluators of job offers. Once you get to the offer stage of the job search process, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment to discuss the details. We can help you determine if the offer is right for you-not only from a financial viewpoint-but using other important factors as well.

"It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy."
-George Horace Lorimer


About the author

Rachel Kaschner

Rachel Kaschner is the Assistant Director at Engineering Career Services.