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Average Salary for Brigham Young University (BYU) Alumni

Nestled away in Provo, Utah, the student population at Brigham Young University, a private research school, roughly 31,000. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Cougars!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the BYU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Sober School

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Typical Early Career Salary

Brigham Young University (BYU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Software Engineer
29 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
23 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
16 salaries
Operations Manager
16 salaries
Project Engineer
14 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
12 salaries
Civil Engineer
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,380
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Brigham Young University (BYU) Details

Main Campus
Provo, UT 84602


Private Schools, Research Universities, Sober Schools, For Sports Fans, Religious

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BYU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the manufacturing industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the financial services industry. The majority of BYU alumni wind up in the software development industry. Starting salaries of $68K are common among BYU grads.


The number of male graduates outweighs the number of women; the school has a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1. It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of around $49K whereas the men's median is $73K.


Attorneys win the contest for best-paid BYU alumni, typically making $100K every year, though Senior Software Engineers (about $98K), and Software Engineers (approximately $82K) are not far behind. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Project Engineers, making an average of $59K.


Many BYU grads flock to Salt Lake City. With a median salary of $80K, Seattle represents the highest-paid city popular among BYU grads. Many former Cougars consider Provo a second home, and it is typical to find a large population of former students living in the area despite its lower-than-average median pay ($55K). Neighboring Orem is another common pick among BYU grads, along with Phoenix.


BYU alumni can earn the most money (about $119K) at Microsoft Corp. In contrast, alums who work at Xactware Inc. face the lowest salaries at approximately $49K on average.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) from BYU can rake in a whopping $105K per year, more than any other degree from this school. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in English Language (around $41K annually).


Knowing Java can pay off big time for former Cougars, who can expect a 22 percent bigger paycheck than other grads. Project Management is a popular skill among BYU alumni, with close to a seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. A strong majority of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair portion of former students receive dental plans, too. A strong majority of alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. 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

Alumni of Howard University pick up average paychecks of $68K, which is closest to the amount made by BYU grads among similar schools. The University of Denver, Claremont Graduate University, and Saint Louis University-Main Campus are also similar to BYU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1170 1380
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats

25 %
75 %
$30,409 - $64,811
$45,342 - $97,751
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 465 votes.
$71,216 - $103,498
$50,000 - $103,767
$62,039 - $96,000
$35,000 - $80,000
$51,984 - $66,129
$41,571 - $89,413
$32,748 - $72,810
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$42,484 - $111,777
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