Average Salary for Brigham Young University (BYU) Alumni

Nestled away in Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University, a Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) school, has a student population of roughly 28,000. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Cougars!), 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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Brigham Young University (BYU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
18 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
Operations Manager
11 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
11 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
10 salaries
General / Operations Manager
10 salaries
Marketing Director
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 939

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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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20 %

51 %

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Graduates of BYU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; software as a service (SAAS) development, the manufacturing industry, and the financial services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the software development industry. Those with a degree from BYU make an average of $68K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $75K per year, but the second group takes home only around $46K.


BYU grads who become Senior Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in $98K on average annually. However, Attorneys and Software Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in approximately $90K each). Operations Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $65K.


Home to a large number of BYU alums, Salt Lake City, Utah is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Seattle, Wash. is also a common destination for BYU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of about $90K. Relative to other popular cities, Provo ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is $55K); however, Brigham Young University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. BYU alumni express interest in nearby Orem, Utah and Phoenix, Ariz. as well.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $102K per year, former Cougars who have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) are the best paid among the alumni population. A B.A. in English Language offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $33K).


Java commands a pay premium of 21 percent for former Cougars. Project Management is a common skill among BYU alumni — approximately one in seven grads mention using it at work. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards 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-fourth of alumni, respectively). Most alums have medical plans, and a fair number of alums have dental insurance. A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) program. Other benefits that Brigham Young University alumni receive are a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages approximately $68K for Howard University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to BYU grads. Other schools similar to BYU include the University of Denver, Claremont Graduate University, and Saint Louis University-Main Campus.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Brigham Young University (BYU)


25 %
75 %
$30,239 - $63,695
$45,564 - $99,200
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 257 votes.
$63,747 - $97,667
$73,156 - $111,543
$72,404 - $106,479
$44,882 - $62,500
$41,278 - $91,305
$33,100 - $72,512
$35,608 - $80,310
$44,544 - $111,313
$48,500 - $94,904

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