Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 39,000 undergrads attend Arizona State University, a school in Tempe, Ariz.. The school sits in the top 17 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Sun Devils!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. The data in this summary come from ASU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
117 salaries
Software Developer
58 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
58 salaries
Operations Manager
49 salaries
Financial Analyst
47 salaries
Electrical Engineer
44 salaries
Marketing Manager
40 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,166
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About This School

University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of ASU go into the financial services industry, the health care industry, and the aerospace and defense industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. Graduates of ASU earn about $62K on average.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $75K per year compared to females' around $53K.


The ASU alumni who make the most are Directors of Operations; they report a median pay of approximately $98K. Software Engineers and Construction Project Managers draw in a fair amount as well — $85K and $76K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Operations Managers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $65K.


A large number of students head to Phoenix, Ariz. after college. It is also not uncommon to find former ASU students living and working in New York, N.Y. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $95K. Arizona State University pride remains intact long after college is over, and many former students choose to live in Tempe despite the city offering some of the lowest median pay ($57K). Other cities of interest among ASU alumni include nearby Scottsdale, Ariz. and Chandler, Ariz.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for ASU grads with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) (average earnings climb to about $101K per year). A Master of Architecture (MArch) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $48K.


Former Sun Devils who have experience with People Management can expect to make 31 percent more than other alumni (around $81K on average). About one in six ASU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Health benefits extend to a large number of alumni, and a strong majority of grads also receive dental coverage. To plan for old age, most former students maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Other benefits awarded to Arizona State University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of New Mexico graduates, who earn $62K on average, make a similar amount to ASU grads. The University of Arizona, the University of California-San Diego, and the University of California-Riverside are also similar to ASU.

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Key Stats for Arizona State University (ASU)


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Job Satisfaction

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$30,201 - $71,953
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