Average Salary for Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

Combining good value and great education, Arizona State University is ranked in the top 17 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Tempe, Ariz. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Sun Devils!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. The data for this snapshot was collected from ASU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
38 salaries
Operations Manager
23 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
19 salaries
Software Developer
17 salaries
Project Engineer
14 salaries
Electrical Engineer
13 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
13 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,880

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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 work in a variety of sectors including the financial services industry, the education industry, and the software development industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the aerospace and defense industry. Starting salaries of approximately $62K are the median among ASU grads.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $55K on average compared to about $73K for male graduates.


The biggest paychecks among ASU alumni are earned by Senior Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $93K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Electrical Engineers (around $75K) and Software Engineers ($73K). Mechanical Engineers pick up $63K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many ASU students are Phoenix, Ariz.-bound following college. San Francisco, Calif. is another hot spot for ASU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to around $80K). Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Tempe at $56K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Arizona State University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Graduates of ASU also relocate to Scottsdale, Ariz., which is not far away, and Chandler, Ariz.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $100K per year, former Sun Devils who have a Doctorate (PhD) are the best paid among the alumni population. A master's in social work is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of about $42K.


Around one in six ASU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Former Sun Devils who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 21 percent more than other alumni (approximately $75K on average). Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of alums, and a large number of former students report health coverage. Most survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Graduates of Arizona State University are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of California grads is $60K, making their salaries most similar to those of ASU grads. The University of Arizona, the University of California-San Diego, and the University of California-Riverside are also similar to ASU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1020 1270
ACT Scores 22 28

Key Stats for Arizona State University (ASU)


41 %
59 %
$34,340 - $72,589
$41,638 - $98,092
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 495 votes.
$33,535 - $71,216
$32,665 - $101,282
$50,684 - $78,848
$57,000 - $92,031
$55,462 - $103,593
$36,117 - $80,608
$35,305 - $82,779
$36,520 - $69,183
$37,438 - $92,582
$41,517 - $87,154

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