MBA Employment Statistics

The Gies College of Business Career Services office helps you to find a variety of opportunities for internships and full-time employment. Job prospects for our graduates are excellent. For the graduating class of 2018, 90.9% of our graduates landed a job within three months of graduation, and 70.5% of our 2018 graduates had jobs at graduation. Our recent classes have worked for major corporations like Amazon, AT&T, Google, and Bank of America in a number of functional areas, including Consulting, Finance/Accounting, General Management, Information Technology, and Marketing.

Class of 2017
(Full-Time)
Class of 2018
(Full-Time)
Base Salary
Mean $95,295 $91,500
Median $95,000 $90,000
Max $180,000 $150,000
Min $55,000 $52,000
Signing Bonus
Mean $14,000 $13,975
Median $10,000 $10,000
Max $50,000 $42,500
Min $2,000 $1,500
Class of 2017 (Full-Time) Class of 2018 (Full-Time)
% of Accepts Mean Base Salary % of Accepts Mean Base Salary
Consulting 15.0% $106,786 15% $106,000
Finance/Accounting 19.0% $96,667 7.5%
General Management 9.0% $78,833 25% $79,750
Human Resources 9.0% $90,875 20% $82,500
Information Technology  2.5%
Marketing/Sales 26.0% $93,400 12.5% $100,000
Operations/Logistics 19.0% $84,056 7.5% $91,667
Other 2.0% 10.0%  $95,500
Class of 2017 (Full-Time) Class of 2018 (Full-Time)
% of Accepts Mean Base Salary % of Accepts Mean Base Salary
Consulting 15.0% $103,171 12.5% $107,200
Consumer Products/Retail 2.0% 2.5%
Energy & Transportation  5.0%
Financial Services 9.0% $103,333 7.5%
Government/Education 4.0% 7.5%  $91,167
Manufacturing 15.0% $90,917 10.0%
Pharma/Biotech/Healthcare 11.0% $104,450 10% $83,333
Technology/Science 28% $87,045 17.5% $103,333
Other 16.0% 25.0% $79,250
Class of 2017 (Full-Time) Class of 2018 (Full-Time)
% of Accepts Mean Base Salary % of Accepts Mean Base Salary
Mid-Atlantic 6.0% $81,167 12.8% $91,800
Midwest 55.0% $101,261 48.7% $87,846
East 8.0% $94,733 7.7% $104,167
South  7.7%  $78,333
Southwest 6.0% $89,633 15.4% $95,417
West 17.0% $88,314 7.7% $99,500
Full-Time Employers
Abbvie Gartner Northwestern Mutual
Accenture Headwaters MB Office of Technology Management – U of I
Adobe Health Alliance Pepsi-Co
All About People Heier Reconstruct, Inc.
Allstate Human Kinetics Renee Systems
Altria IBM Sandia National Labs
Bacardi North America KPMG Superior Industrial Coatings
Bank of America Land O’Lakes Union Pacific
Chamberlain Group Lenovo United Technologies Corp
DataCubes Lincare Vizient
Deloitte McKesson Corporation Wendy’s
Delta Microsoft
Fairlawn Real Estate National Guard Bureau