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Average Salary for Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni

Around 59,000 undergrads attend Arizona State University, a public research school in Tempe, Ariz., grouped in the top 15 percent of universities by ROI, where they receive a great education with a lesser long-term cost. 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. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni
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Software Engineer
54 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
32 salaries
Operations Manager
27 salaries
Project Engineer
26 salaries
Electrical Engineer
23 salaries
Software Developer
20 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
18 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,657
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Arizona State University (ASU) Details


University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287


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State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

57 %


12 %

% Stay In State:

60 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

41 %
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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 education industry, the health care industry, and the financial services industry. Among ASU grads, the aerospace and defense industry is a commonly chosen career field. Typical pay for those who graduated from ASU amounts to $63K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is around $74K, but the median for the latter is only $55K.


Among ASU alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of approximately $95K, followed by Software Engineers (about $76K), and Software Developers ($73K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Project Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $64K.


Home to a large number of ASU alums, Phoenix is by far the most attractive city for these former students. With a median salary of $78K, San Francisco represents the highest-paid city popular among ASU grads. Though median pay is subpar ($56K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Tempe after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Other popular cities for ASU alumni include nearby Scottsdale and Chandler.


Graduates of ASU can earn the biggest bucks at Hewlett-Packard Company (about $132K). One of the lowest-paying employers is the University of Phoenix (UOP), where employees earn around $39K on average.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of $95K per year, former Sun Devils who have a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) are the best paid among the alumni population. A B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication offers the lowest annual financial reward (approximately $42K).


Knowing Engineering Design can pay off big time for former Sun Devils, who can expect a 20 percent bigger paycheck than other grads. Proficiency in Project Management is common among ASU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, around a sixth of former students report doing so. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. The greater part of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health insurance benefits extend to a strong majority of alumni, and most grads sign up for dental plans. Arizona State University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of California graduates, who earn $60K on average, make a similar amount 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.

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Test Scores
Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores* 970 1240
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats



41 %

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59 %

male alumni
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