Average Salary for Brigham Young University (BYU) Alumni

Brigham Young University, a Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) school in Provo, Utah, has roughly 28,000 undergrads. 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. Replies from former BYU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Brigham Young University (BYU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Software Engineer
17 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Operations Manager
10 salaries
General / Operations Manager
10 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
9 salaries
Marketing Director
8 salaries
Civil Engineer
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 845
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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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Graduates of BYU go into software as a service (SAAS) development, the consulting industry, and the financial services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular professional field seems to be the software development industry. Starting salaries of about $68K are the median among BYU grads.


In the BYU alumni community, men make a median salary of $75K compared to their female counterparts, who earn approximately $46K.


Among BYU alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of $96K, followed by Software Engineers ($90K), and Attorneys ($80K). Operations Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at around $65K.


The most popular destination for former BYU students is Salt Lake City, Utah. It is also not uncommon to find former BYU students living and working in Seattle, Wash. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $94K. Though median pay is subpar ($58K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Provo after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Other popular cities for BYU alumni include nearby Orem, Utah and Phoenix, Ariz.

Degree Major

Former Cougars who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance and earn a median salary of around $106K per year. Graduates holding a B.A. in English Language fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of about $31K.


For former Cougars, proficiency in Java warrants a paycheck that is 31 percent more than other alumni salaries. Project Management is a popular skill among BYU alumni, with around a seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in four survey participants for sick time. Most respondents report contributing to a 401(k). It is no small feat that most graduates are given health coverage, and a fair number of former students accept dental insurance. Other benefits awarded to Brigham Young University alumni include a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Median pay for Syracuse University grads is approximately $68K, making their salaries most similar to those of BYU grads. The University of Denver, Claremont Graduate University, and Saint Louis University-Main Campus are also similar to BYU.

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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 %
$30,279 - $63,467
$46,075 - $99,388
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 216 votes.
$63,747 - $97,667
$73,156 - $111,543
$40,648 - $90,691
$34,686 - $72,685
$34,527 - $83,930
$45,237 - $111,777
$43,278 - $95,602

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