Average Salary for Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

Ranked in the top 17 percent of universities by return on investment, Arizona State University is a university based in Tempe, Ariz., and it's home to around 39,000 undergraduates. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. The figures in this rundown were provided by ASU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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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.
Software Engineer
25 salaries
Operations Manager
18 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
Software Developer
14 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
11 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
11 salaries
Project Engineer
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,487
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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 belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the financial services industry, the education industry, and the software development industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the aerospace and defense industry. The average salary for a grad from ASU is approximately $62K.


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


ASU grads who become Senior Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $90K annually. However, Electrical Engineers and Software Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $75K and $74K, respectively). Mechanical Engineers pick up around $61K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many ASU grads flock to Phoenix, Ariz. ASU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of approximately $80K. Arizona State University alumni often stay in Tempe following graduation despite having one of the lowest median salary among popular cities ($57K). Nearby Scottsdale, Ariz. and Chandler, Ariz. also rank high on the list of cities for ASU grads.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid ASU alumni are those with a Doctorate (PhD) — they earn close to $102K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication — their annual income amounts to about $44K on average.


Project Management is a popular skill among ASU alumni, with nearly one-sixth of grads reporting using it on the job. Former Sun Devils with Budget Management abilities can expect to make 23 percent more than their former classmates ($77K). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. A large number of alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a large number of respondents are given health coverage, and a strong majority of graduates accept dental insurance. Arizona State University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $60K for University of California alumni, making their earnings most comparable to ASU grads. 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)


41 %
59 %
$34,735 - $71,803
$42,884 - $98,172
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 360 votes.
$30,201 - $70,589
$60,680 - $99,932
$50,335 - $78,317
$67,664 - $105,000
$77,381 - $96,040
$37,013 - $80,509
$35,974 - $83,237
$37,029 - $70,099
$36,492 - $89,685
$41,754 - $86,741

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