Average Monthly Salaries for Professional Practice Students

Salaries paid to Professional Practice students are determined by employers and vary in a number of ways. Location, discipline, employer, job performance, and local cost of living all play a factor in determining a student's salary. With the goal of the Professional Practice Programs being to provide students with meaningful work experience, we feel strongly that our students should be paid accordingly. A more detailed explanation of student compensation recommendations and averages can be found here: Salary-Averages-Guidelines.pdf

Average Monthly Salaries for 5-Session Co-Op as of May 2018*

Discipline1st Period2nd Period3rd Period4th Period5th Period
Engineering
Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering 2720 3200 3360 3360 n/a
Chemical Engineering 3086 3680 3787 4320 3760
Civil Engineering 2400 3360 3253 3680 3360
Computer Engineering n/a 3680 n/a 4640 4960
Electrical Engineering 2720 3840 4320 4080 4107
Industrial Engineering 3040 n/a 3840 2720 n/a
Materials Engineering n/a n/a n/a 3680 4000
Mechanical Engineering 3314 3147 3680 3947 44160
Technology
Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology n/a n/a n/a 4000 n/a
Mechanical Engineering Technology n/a n/a n/a 2880 n/a
Overall Averages
2880 3484 3707 3731 4058
n/a = no data available

Average Monthly Salaries for 3-Session Co-Op as of May 2018*

Discipline1st Period2nd Period3rd Period
Engineering
Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering 3200 3120 2400
Biological Engineering n/a 3040 n/a
BiomedicalEngineering 3093 3200 3680
Chemical Engineering 3573 3787 4384
Civil Engineering 2400 2720 2933
Computer Engineering n/a 4320 n/a
Electrical Engineering 3680 3360 n/a
Environmental & Ecological Engineering 3200 3040 n/a
Industrial Engineering 3360 3600 3360
Mechanical Engineering 3131 3488 3560
Materials Engineering 3680 n/a 3360
Nuclear Engineering n/a 3680 3680
Health & Human Sciences
Psychological Sciences 1760 n/a n/a
Technology
Electrical Computer Engineering Technology n/a 3040 n/a
Mechanical Engineering Technology 2880 3360 3200
Overall Average
3087 3366 3395

n/a = no data available

*Data was taken from an all Co-Op Student survey conducted in May of 2018. The survey was sent to 665 students and 217 responded to complie the data above. Students in particular disciplines may have chosen not to respond, therefore, we do not have data to share. Secondly, some of the active Co-Op Students who were supplied the survey, had not yet completed a work rotation and therefore no data could be supplied. Individual salaries may vary. This is presented only as an informational resource and should not be used for negotiation or reporting. Salaries are not adjusted for regional cost of living differences.

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