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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
65
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities
39
out of 476
Mid-Career Salary Rank for Sober School
3
out of 14
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Typical Early Career Salary
$51,800
Brigham Young University (BYU) Alumni
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
32 salaries
$84,500  
   
Mechanical Engineer
25 salaries
$64,725  
Operations Manager
17 salaries
$65,367  
Senior Software Engineer
16 salaries
$98,332  
Project Engineer
14 salaries
$58,897  
Project Manager, Construction
13 salaries
$70,000  
Attorney / Lawyer
12 salaries
$110,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,437
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Brigham Young University (BYU) Details

Address:

Main Campus
Provo, UT 84602

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Students Enrolled:

31,060

Categories:

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

Graduation Rate:

77 %

% STEM:

20 %

% Stay In State:

49 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

35 %
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Industry

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.

Gender

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.

Jobs

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.

Locations

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.

Employers

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).

Skills

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.

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Test Scores
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SAT Scores* 1170 1380
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats

Gender

Female

25 %

female alumni

Male

75 %

male alumni
Salary
$30,409 - $64,811
Salary
$45,342 - $97,751

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Job Satisfaction


Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 465 votes.

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