Brigham Young University (BYU) Alumni Average Salary

Brigham Young University, a Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) school in Provo, Utah, has roughly 28,000 undergrads. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Cougars!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Mechanical Engineer
15 salaries
Software Engineer
15 salaries
Operations Manager
9 salaries
Software Developer
8 salaries
General / Operations Manager
6 salaries
Senior Civil Engineer
6 salaries
Product Manager, Software
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 544
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About This School

Main Campus
Provo, UT 84602


Private School, Research University, Religious, Sober School, For Sports Fans

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BYU alumni can most commonly be found in the financial services industry, the consulting industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the software development industry. BYU graduates see an average starting salary of $69K.


Men make up the majority of graduates who answered the questionnaire for a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1. Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks about $75K per year, but the second group takes home only $45K.


In the BYU alumni professional community, Software Engineers make the highest median pay (approximately $95K), though Attorneys ($80K), and Operations Managers ($75K) are close competitors. Sliding in near the bottom are Marketing Directors, who report earnings of around $61K.


The most popular destination for former BYU students is Salt Lake City, Utah. Seattle, Wash. is another hot spot for BYU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $94K). Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Provo at approximately $58K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Brigham Young University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Nearby Orem, Utah and Phoenix, Ariz. also rank high on the list of cities for BYU grads.

Degree Major

BYU students with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) can expect to make the most money ($102K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in English Language tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average about $31K per year.


Former Cougars with Java experience garner salaries that are 30 percent more than other grads' salaries. One in seven grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Most alumni report contributing to a 401(k). Most former students have medical plans, and a strong majority of alumni have dental insurance. Brigham Young University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Howard University grads report the most similar salaries to BYU alums, earning around $68K on average. Other schools similar to BYU include the University of Denver, Claremont Graduate University, and Saint Louis University-Main Campus.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
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* SAT writing score is not included.
1150 1360
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats for Brigham Young University (BYU)


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$30,196 - $62,928
$45,970 - $98,798
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Job Satisfaction

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