Average Salary for Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than Arizona State University, a public research university based in Tempe, Ariz., that is ranked in the top 15 percent of universities by ROI. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Sun Devils!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

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
45 salaries
Operations Manager
25 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
24 salaries
Project Engineer
22 salaries
Software Developer
17 salaries
Electrical Engineer
17 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
16 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Feb 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,206
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About This School

University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

59 %

12 %

57 %

29 %

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ASU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the education industry, the financial services industry, and the health care industry. The majority of ASU alumni wind up in the aerospace and defense industry. Graduates of ASU typically earn $62K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $54K per year compared to men, who earn around $74K.


The ASU alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of about $95K. Software Engineers and Software Developers draw in a fair amount as well — $76K and approximately $73K. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Project Engineers — they bring in $64K.


The most popular destination for former ASU students is Phoenix. ASU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Francisco, which offers median salaries of about $78K. Home to the lowest median salary for ASU alumni is Mesa, a popular place for former students despite its $49K average paycheck. Nearby Scottsdale and Tempe also rank high on the list of cities for ASU grads.


ASU grads can make the most money at Hewlett-Packard Company; average pay at this company is $132K. The University of Phoenix (UOP) hands out the smallest paychecks, where median earnings come out to $39K.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for ASU grads with a Doctorate (PhD) (earnings climb to $95K per year). A master's in social work is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of approximately $43K.


For former Sun Devils, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 20 percent more than other alumni salaries. Many former ASU students are familiar with Project Management, and around a sixth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just two-fifths of alumni report compensation for sick days and only one in four survey participants get vacation time. A strong majority of survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. It is no small feat that the greater part of alumni are given health coverage, and a fair portion of former students accept dental insurance. Arizona State University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of California grads bring in salaries of around around $63K, making them the most similar to ASU alumni in terms of earnings. 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 %
$34,332 - $71,753
$41,412 - $98,280
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 778 votes.
$33,476 - $69,573
$33,451 - $103,433
$49,003 - $78,311
$53,348 - $99,395
$53,859 - $91,195
$36,012 - $81,141
$35,219 - $83,209
$35,258 - $71,022
$38,324 - $89,619
$42,869 - $100,383

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