Average Salary for Auburn University Alumni

Auburn University is a school located in Auburn University, Ala. with around 20,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 16 percent of universities by return on investment. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Tigers!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Auburn University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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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
19 salaries
Project Engineer
11 salaries
Operations Manager
11 salaries
Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
11 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
9 salaries
Civil Engineer
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 803

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About This School

Auburn, Alabama
Auburn University, AL 36849



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the engineering services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the manufacturing industry are popular business areas among Auburn alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the construction industry. Auburn graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $65K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $70K, but the median for the latter is only $51K.


The Auburn alumni who make the most are Operations Managers; they report a median pay of around $80K. Software Engineers and Civil Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — about $74K and $69K, respectively. Construction Project Managers pick up $61K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Atlanta, Ga. is a hub for Auburn graduates — a large number call this city home. It is no surprise that Houston, Texas, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is about $82K), is another of the most popular spots for former Auburn students. Home to the lowest median salary for Auburn alumni is Auburn, Ala., a popular place for former students despite its $48K average paycheck. Other popular cities for Auburn alumni include nearby Birmingham, Ala. and Huntsville, Ala.

Degree Major

A medical degree earns Auburn students the most money after college (an average $103K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Psychology — their annual income amounts to approximately $45K on average.


Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Tigers — they earn 32 percent more than their fellow graduates. Many Auburn grads have knowledge of Project Management, with slightly less than one-fifth of alumni using this program on the clock. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of alumni receive dental plans, too. A large number of grads report contributing to a 401(k). Additional perks enjoyed by Auburn University grads include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Clemson University grads bring in salaries of around $65K, making them the most similar to Auburn alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Alabama, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Mississippi are also similar to Auburn.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1570 1890
ACT Scores 24 30

Key Stats for Auburn University


35 %
65 %
$32,770 - $72,602
$41,242 - $92,545
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 231 votes.
$40,176 - $89,593
$39,732 - $78,808
$39,480 - $89,497
$30,931 - $58,421
$35,230 - $75,708
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