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. This summary is derived from information given by ASU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Operations Manager
17 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
Software Developer
12 salaries
Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
11 salaries
Project Engineer
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,362
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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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ASU alumni can most commonly be found in the financial services industry, the education industry, and the health care industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular professional field seems to be the aerospace and defense industry. Those with a degree from ASU make an average of around $62K.


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


Among ASU graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Software Engineers, who haul in approximately $94K on average. Next on the list are Software Engineers and Construction Project Managers, bringing in about $72K and $70K, respectively. Mechanical Engineers pick up $61K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Home to a large number of ASU alums, Phoenix, Ariz. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. San Francisco, Calif. is also a common destination for ASU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of about $79K. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Tempe at $57K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Arizona State University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Other popular cities for ASU alumni include nearby Scottsdale, Ariz. and Chandler, Ariz.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) will compensate ASU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $103K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication ($44K on average annually).


Proficiency in Project Management is common among ASU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, approximately one-sixth of former students report doing so. Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Sun Devils — they earn 23 percent more than their fellow graduates. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in three grads for sick time. Most former students participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of respondents, and a strong majority of survey participants sign up for dental plans. Additional benefits handed to Arizona State University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of California pick up average paychecks of approximately $60K, which is closest to the amount made by ASU grads among similar schools. 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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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)


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$34,603 - $71,336
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 341 votes.
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$60,680 - $99,932
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