Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Flagstaff, Ariz., Northern Arizona University, a school, has a student population of roughly 22,000. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Lumberjacks!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. Replies from former NAU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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High School Teacher
16 salaries
Operations Manager
15 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Elementary School Teacher
12 salaries
Staff Accountant
11 salaries
Project Engineer
10 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,078

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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 belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include clinical care, the hotel management industry, and the insurance and financial services industry. Among NAU grads, public K-12 education is a commonly chosen career field. For NAU alumni — a demographic with impressive SAT scores — salaries actually come in on the lower end. Following graduation, NAU students earn an average of $50K.


Among NAU alumni, those working as Speech-Language Pathologists report the highest median pay of $75K.


Home to a large number of NAU alums, Seattle, Wash. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. It is also not uncommon to find former NAU students living and working in Phoenix, Ariz. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $65K. Relative to other popular cities, Flagstaff ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is around $50K); however, Northern Arizona University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Denver, Colo. is also a top pick, as is Boston, Mass.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of about $60K per year, former Lumberjacks who have a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) are the best paid among the alumni population. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $46K per year.


NAU grads are usually competent in Microsoft Office, and approximately one in four alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Former Lumberjacks with Microsoft Excel experience garner salaries that are 55 percent more than other grads' salaries. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Operations Management, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in three grads, respectively). Health insurance benefits extend to a strong majority of alums, and the larger part of graduates sign up for dental plans. A strong majority of graduates allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Additional perks enjoyed by Northern Arizona University grads include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Nevada pick up average paychecks of approximately $55K, which is closest to the amount made by NAU grads among similar schools. San Diego State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Colorado Denver are also similar to NAU.

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Key Stats for Northern Arizona University (NAU)


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$32,681 - $76,684
$39,037 - $83,447
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5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
$40,268 - $83,524

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