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Average Salary for Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

Around 59,000 undergrads attend Arizona State University, a public research school in Tempe, Ariz., grouped in the top 15 percent of universities by ROI, where they receive a great education with a lesser long-term cost. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Sun Devils!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

Overall College ROI Rank

196
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

69
out of 420
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

86
out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

$47,700
Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Software Engineer
54 salaries
$76,319  
   
Mechanical Engineer
31 salaries
$64,768  
Operations Manager
27 salaries
$66,759  
Project Engineer
26 salaries
$63,923  
Electrical Engineer
22 salaries
$71,010  
Software Developer
20 salaries
$72,515  
Senior Software Engineer
18 salaries
$94,533  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,557
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Arizona State University (ASU) Details

University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287

www.asu.edu

students.asu.edu/admission

59,382

State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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12 %

60 %

41 %

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Industry

ASU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the education industry, the health care industry, and the financial services industry. Among ASU grads, the aerospace and defense industry is a commonly chosen career field. Typical pay for those who graduated from ASU amounts to $63K.

Gender

There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is around $74K, but the median for the latter is only $55K.

Jobs

Among ASU alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of approximately $95K, followed by Software Engineers (about $76K), and Software Developers ($73K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Project Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $64K.

Locations

Home to a large number of ASU alums, Phoenix is by far the most attractive city for these former students. With a median salary of $78K, San Francisco represents the highest-paid city popular among ASU grads. Though median pay is subpar ($56K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Tempe after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Other popular cities for ASU alumni include nearby Scottsdale and Chandler.

Employers

Graduates of ASU can earn the biggest bucks at Hewlett-Packard Company (about $132K). One of the lowest-paying employers is the University of Phoenix (UOP), where employees earn around $39K on average.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of $95K per year, former Sun Devils who have a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) are the best paid among the alumni population. A B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication offers the lowest annual financial reward (approximately $42K).

Skills

Knowing Engineering Design can pay off big time for former Sun Devils, who can expect a 20 percent bigger paycheck than other grads. Proficiency in Project Management is common among ASU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, around a sixth of former students report doing so. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. The greater part of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health insurance benefits extend to a strong majority of alumni, and most grads sign up for dental plans. Arizona State University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of California graduates, who earn $60K on average, make a similar amount to ASU grads. Other schools similar to ASU include the University of Arizona, the University of California-San Diego, and the University of California-Riverside.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
970 1240
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats

Female
41 %
Male
59 %
Salary
$34,439 - $71,788
Salary
$41,286 - $98,115
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 859 votes.
$33,705 - $70,328
$33,573 - $102,927
$49,187 - $79,163
$53,348 - $99,395
$58,793 - $98,777
$36,007 - $81,396
$35,153 - $82,663
$35,297 - $70,422
$37,611 - $90,124
$42,976 - $99,995

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