Average Salary for Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

Arizona State University is a school located in Tempe, Ariz. with around 39,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 17 percent of universities by return on investment. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Sun Devils!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. Replies from former ASU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
33 salaries
Operations Manager
19 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
Software Developer
15 salaries
Project Engineer
13 salaries
Electrical Engineer
12 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,660

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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 majority of ASU alumni wind up in the aerospace and defense industry. Following graduation, ASU students earn an average of $62K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $73K per year, but the second group takes home only $55K.


The biggest paychecks among ASU alumni are earned by Senior Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of approximately $90K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Electrical Engineers (about $75K) and Software Engineers (around $73K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Mechanical Engineers — they bring in $62K.


Many ASU students are Phoenix, Ariz.-bound following college. In addition, former ASU students often head to San Francisco, Calif. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $79K in this top-paying city. Relative to other popular cities, Tempe ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is $56K); however, Arizona State University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Other cities of interest among ASU alumni include nearby Scottsdale, Ariz. and Chandler, Ariz.

Degree Major

ASU students with a Doctorate (PhD) can expect to make the most money ($102K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a master's in social work — their annual income amounts to about $42K on average.


Project Management is a common skill among ASU alumni — around one in six grads mention using it at work. Former Sun Devils with Budget Management abilities can expect to make 22 percent more than their former classmates (around $76K). Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). Dental insurance applies to a fair number of respondents, and a large number of respondents report health coverage. A large number of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. 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

Compensation averages approximately $60K for University of California alumni, making their earnings most comparable 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.
1020 1270
ACT Scores 22 28

Key Stats for Arizona State University (ASU)


41 %
59 %
$34,281 - $72,244
$41,807 - $97,775
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 460 votes.
$34,275 - $72,147
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$57,790 - $92,767
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