The Twitter account @SEC_SportsTalk recently published a chart comparing SEC graduates’ annual average salary. Keep in mind, the figures they used are based on salaries earned 15 years after graduation. Nonetheless, like all comparisons of this nature, it’s going to leave some people a little pissed.
Here’s the breakdown:
— SEC Sports Talk (@SEC_SportsTalk) October 15, 2014
Pretty interesting stuff. I’m not surprised by Vandy, and frankly, you shouldn’t be, either. It’s the only private school in the SEC, it’s arguably the hardest of the schools to get into, and it’s known for its strong alumni network. You’d think with all that money, Vanderbilt would throw a little bit more into its football program. As for the Aggies, I’ll chalk it up to Texas’ huge economy and the petroleum industry. After those two, there are numerous factors that could be contributors to each school’s ranking.
Auburn, like A&M, is known for its engineering program, so that could be a factor. LSU and Florida are tied for fourth, which then puts Mizzou in sixth place. Looking at the economy of each state down the list, that gives somewhat of an indicator of why a particular school is ranked where it is.
Seven of the states in which SEC schools are located are among the poorest in the nation in terms of median household income. South Carolina is forty-second in the nation, followed by Louisiana at forty-fourth, Tennessee at forty-fifth, Alabama at forty-sixth, Kentucky at forty-seventh, and Arkansas at forty-eighth. Coming in last is Mississippi at fiftieth.
Still, the numbers don’t exactly match up. There are other factors out there about each school that put some higher up than others. If you can think of any, go ahead and list them in the comments section below..