View Full Version : What Do Students Who Go To Programs Ranked 100+ End Up Doing

02-21-2008, 03:48 AM
Assuming you're an average student at a program ranked over 100, what do most students end up doing upon graduation?

If you were all about $$, what is the most you could end up making right out of school (assume no prior experience/prestigious internships before starting grad school) and whom would you be working for? What would this job entail (hours, type of work, etc.)?

If you were all about academia, what is the best school (give an example) where such a student could realistically hope to gain employment and again, what would the salary be?

02-21-2008, 04:00 AM
As for academia If I were to go to UW-Milwaukee for my Ph.D. I would be looking at a sub-state school with at best an MA program, UW-Green Bay, LaCrosse, Oshkosh type schools. In Wisconsin dollars I would make about $45K starting and I would imagine that gets up to about $60-70K. The UW system used to publish everyones salaries online but I think you have to ask for a paper copy now. As for private sector...no clue...


02-21-2008, 04:11 AM
Found it...
United Faculty and Academic Staff - UFAS Hosts "Red Book" Salary Data (http://wi.aft.org/ufas/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=a2af20ce-7e56-4398-9000-65e3413d88e6)
The Association of University of Wisconsin Professionals - TAUWP Hosts "Red Book" Salary Data (March '07) (http://wi.aft.org/TAUWP/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=04e7a9db-97bb-4c8c-9da5-88c43396067f)

Looks like WI is very low compared nationally...

02-21-2008, 04:16 AM
Thanks for the info and yes, that's definitely less $$ than I expected. I thought PhD=more or less guaranteed upper middle class. Instead, it seems from some of those numbers more like solidly middle class. Still not a bad life though, I suppose.

If you get a chance, can you comment on my "chances" thread a bit farther down on the main page.