Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni Average Salary

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 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. This report is based on the answers of ASU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
19 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
Software Developer
11 salaries
Operations Manager
10 salaries
Financial Analyst
9 salaries
Electrical Engineer
9 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 986
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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the financial services industry, the education industry, and the health care industry. The majority of ASU alumni wind up in the aerospace and defense industry. Those with a degree from ASU make an average of about $63K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $74K per year compared to females' $55K.


In the ASU alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay (around $94K), though Electrical Engineers ($75K), and Software Engineers (approximately $73K) are close competitors. Mechanical Engineers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $60K.


Many ASU students are Phoenix, Ariz.-bound following college. It is also not uncommon to find former ASU students living and working in San Francisco, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $79K. Arizona State University alumni often stay in Tempe following graduation despite having one of the lowest median salary among popular cities (approximately $58K). Other common destinations for ASU grads include close-by Scottsdale, Ariz. and Chandler, Ariz.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) leads to the highest pay for ASU grads ($102K on average per year). A B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of around $44K.


Knowledge of Engineering Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 19 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($75K). Many ASU grads have knowledge of Project Management, with about a sixth of alumni using this program on the clock. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; just over two-fifths of respondents get vacation time, whereas just one-third of alumni get paid sick leave. Most graduates take advantage of a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a large number of alumni are given health coverage, and a fair number of graduates accept dental insurance. Arizona State University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of California grads (who make an average of $60K) earn salaries most similar to ASU alumni. Other schools similar to ASU include the University of Arizona, the University of California-San Diego, and the University of California-Riverside.

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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 %
$34,965 - $71,495
$42,915 - $98,590
Less than 1 year
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 312 votes.
$34,867 - $72,968
$60,680 - $99,932
$59,495 - $77,614
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