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Average Salary for Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni

Around 22,000 people attend Northern Arizona University, a institution based in Flagstaff, Ariz. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Lumberjacks!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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High School Teacher
9 salaries
Elementary School Teacher
8 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Project Engineer
5 salaries
General / Operations Manager
5 salaries
General Manager, Restaurant
5 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412

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About This School

Knoles Drive, Babbitt Administrative Center
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4132

Northern Arizona University



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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NAU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the education industry, the hotel industry, and public K-12 education. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. Graduates of NAU earn $53K on average.


Male graduates of NAU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $64K versus $50K for women.


NAU grads who become Project Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average around $67K annually. However, Mechanical Engineers and Accounting Managers also rank as top-earners (bringing in about $65K and $62K, respectively). Sliding in near the bottom are Elementary School Teachers, who report earnings of approximately $36K.


The most popular destination for former NAU students is Phoenix, Ariz. In addition, former NAU students often head to Seattle, Wash. after graduating, where the median salary comes to around $71K in this top-paying city. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with NAU alumni is Yuma, Ariz., which offers a median salary of about $48K. Nearby Tucson, Ariz. is also a top pick for NAU grads, as is Flagstaff, Ariz.

Degree Major

NAU grads who hold a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $96K per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Hotel & Restaurant Management are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $37K on average per year.


Microsoft Office is a popular skill among NAU alumni, with one-tenth of grads reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 32 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($70K). Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Project Management are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in three grads get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to most alums, and more than half of grads sign up for dental plans. A large number of graduates set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Additional perks enjoyed by Northern Arizona University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Nevada grads is approximately $55K, making their salaries most similar to those of NAU grads. San Diego State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Colorado Denver are also similar to NAU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1390 1720
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for Northern Arizona University (NAU)


53 %
47 %
$32,439 - $67,804
$41,501 - $89,008
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 127 votes.
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