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Average Salary for Brigham Young University (BYU) Alumni

Around 31,000 people attend Brigham Young University, a private research institution based in Provo, Utah. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Cougars!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. This summary is derived from information given by BYU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

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. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
20 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
18 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
12 salaries
Operations Manager
12 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
10 salaries
Marketing Director
10 salaries
General / Operations Manager
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,022

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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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The manufacturing industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the financial services industry are just a few of the areas in which BYU grads find work. Among BYU grads, the software development industry is a commonly chosen career field. Starting salaries of $68K are common among BYU grads.


Male graduates of BYU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $74K versus approximately $48K for women.


BYU grads who become Attorneys garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in about $110K annually. However, Senior Software Engineers and Software Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $98K and around $83K, respectively). Project Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $59K.


The most popular destination for former BYU students is Salt Lake City. The top-paying city popular with BYU alumni is Seattle, which offers median salaries of $80K. Relative to other popular cities, Provo ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is about $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. Neighboring Orem is another common pick among BYU grads, along with Phoenix.


Rolling in at around $119K, Microsoft Corp offers the highest salaries to former students of BYU. Nu Skin Enterprises Inc hands out the smallest paychecks, where median earnings come out to $48K.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) earns BYU students the most money after college ($109K per year). Graduates holding a B.A. in English Language fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of $45K.


Project Management is a popular skill among BYU alumni, with roughly a seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. For former Cougars, proficiency in Java warrants a paycheck that is 19 percent more than other alumni salaries. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in four survey participants get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to a strong majority of alumni, and a fair portion of survey participants sign up for dental plans. A solid majority of survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Brigham Young University alumni are also on the receiving end of a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages approximately $67K for Catholic University of America alumni, making their earnings most comparable to BYU grads. 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.
1150 1360
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats for Brigham Young University (BYU)


25 %
75 %
$30,345 - $64,319
$45,533 - $97,754
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 402 votes.
$71,216 - $103,498
$76,646 - $111,910
$34,392 - $81,389
$63,747 - $97,667
$39,000 - $54,495
$41,750 - $89,148
$32,177 - $72,530
$34,753 - $79,906
$41,914 - $110,876
$52,346 - $93,689

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