Job Offers

Finally, the moment you've been waiting for. You have a job offer! Now what?

First, ask to get the offer in writing. Then, carefully evaluate every part of the offer before deciding to accept or decline it. We've provided some tips for doing so here. If you have questions, contact the employer for clarification. Remember you can always ask ECAC for advice.

Factors to Consider When Evaluating an Offer

  • Nature of the work.
  • Organizational culture.
  • Travel involved.
  • Mentoring possibilities.
  • Salary.
  • Benefits.
  • Advancement opportunities.
  • Support for continuing education.
  • Location.
  • Level of responsibility.
  • Variety of work.

Salary Negotiation

Starting salaries matter. Because raises are generally on a percentage basis, the higher your salary, the larger the raise. In addition, company pensions are usually based on your highest earning years.

It is your personal choice whether to negotiate a salary offer. Wait to negotiate until you have a firm offer. Then, before negotiating salary, emphasize all the positives of the offer. Let the employer see your enthusiasm and appreciation for the offer as a whole.

When questioned about salary expectations, give a broad range (within $5,000). Speak in terms of the market rate and explain that your salary range is based on your education, experience, and potential. Sell yourself on why you are worth what you are asking. Employers know the market rate. You should know it as well from your research. Be prepared to compromise. That is negotiation. Request the renegotiated offer in writing.

Sources for Salary Research

ECAC Salary Information. ECAC compiles statistics by major and degree level, and compares the average salaries of Cockrell School engineering students with the national average. To access the ECAC salary surveys, view our Salaries and Statistics page.

Occupational Outlook HandbookThe Occupational Outlook Handbook lists figures for a selected list of jobs.

CareerOneStop Salary Info. Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, which provides a tool to find salary information for more than 800 different occupations.

seekUT. Earnings data for graduates of UT System schools – based on campus and major – one, five, and ten years after graduation. Includes what industries are employing graduates in Texas along with predicted job openings. Search by job title, zip code, and level of education to find average salaries and more.  You can also find other engineering salaries. Find comprehensive salary information and a snapshot of the job market.

NACE Salary Calculator Center. Provides current salary information in an easy-to-use format. Find salary information by company or location.

Salary Relocation Calculator

Cost of Living Calculator

Job Offer Assessment Tool


Benefits may be negotiable. Typical packages consist of, but are not limited to, health, dental, life, accident, and disability insurance; vacation time; holidays and sick days; and retirement programs. For more information on evaluating your benefits package, visit:

I Need More Time to Decide

You may ask an employer for an extension on a job offer deadline if you need more time to decide. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Have a reasonable decision date in mind before contacting the employer.
  • Before requesting the extension, thank the company for the offer and tell them you are considering it very seriously.
  • Inform ECAC about any "exploding offers," or offers made with an unreasonably short deadline.

After Accepting an Offer

First of all, congratulations! Next, complete these three steps.

  • Stop your job search. Speak to an ECAC counselor to cancel remaining interviews and withdraw any existing resume submissions.
  • Graciously decline any other offers.
  • Complete the Graduation Survey through the ECAC System (for graduating students only).

Managing Multiple Job Offers

If you would like advice on managing multiple offers, please see an ECAC counselor in EER 2.604.