Average Salary for Auburn University Alumni

Auburn University is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Auburn University, Ala., the school is ranked in the top 16 percent of universities by return on investment. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Tigers!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Auburn University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
19 salaries
Electrical Engineer
13 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Project Engineer
11 salaries
Civil Engineer
11 salaries
Operations Manager
11 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 903

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Auburn, Alabama
Auburn University, AL 36849



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Auburn alumni can most commonly be found in the aerospace and defense industry, the manufacturing industry, and the engineering services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular professional field seems to be the construction industry. Those with an education from Auburn earn an average of about $65K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes approximately $51K where the average male graduate hauls home $69K.


The most lucrative professionals among Auburn alumni are Operations Managers; they earn a median annual salary of around $78K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $74K and $69K, respectively, are Software Engineers and Civil Engineers. Construction Project Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $60K.


Home to a large number of Auburn alums, Atlanta, Ga. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. It is also not uncommon to find former Auburn students living and working in Houston, Texas — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $80K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Auburn alumni is Auburn, Ala., where earnings average $48K. Nearby Birmingham, Ala. is also a top pick for Auburn grads, as is Huntsville, Ala.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Auburn grads with a medical degree (average earnings climb to around $103K per year). A B.A. in Psychology commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of approximately $43K.


Budget Management commands a pay premium of 34 percent for former Tigers. Project Management is a popular skill among Auburn alumni, with just under a fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.

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 in three grads, respectively). Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of respondents, and a large number of alums report health coverage. Most grads participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Alumni of Auburn University also take in life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Clemson University grads is $65K, making their salaries most similar to those of Auburn grads. The University of Alabama, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Mississippi are also similar to Auburn.

Test Scores

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SAT Scores 1570 1890
ACT Scores 24 30

Key Stats for Auburn University


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$41,404 - $91,884
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
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10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 245 votes.
$17,687 - $49,339
Hill & Wilkinson
$40,265 - $90,616
$38,794 - $78,242
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$30,931 - $58,421
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