Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni Average Salary

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 overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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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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Graduates of NAU are found working in a number of different fields including higher education, the education industry, and public K-12 education. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. NAU graduates see an average starting salary of $52K.


The most generous salaries among NAU alumni are reportedly earned by Presidents, whose median earnings come to $160K, followed by Marketing Managers (around $75K) and Project Engineers ($69K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Executive Assistants who make an average of approximately $45K.


Home to a large number of NAU alums, Phoenix, Ariz. 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 Scottsdale, Ariz. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of about $69K. On the far end of the pay scale, NAU alumni often reside in Tempe, Ariz., which is home to the lowest pay at $45K. Other common destinations for NAU grads include close-by Flagstaff, Ariz. and Tucson, Ariz.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid NAU alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology (CET) — they earn close to $148K on average per year. A Master of Education (MEd), Human Relations commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of approximately $34K.


Former Lumberjacks who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 29 percent more than other alumni ($67K on average). Microsoft Office is a common skill among NAU alumni — one in seven grads mention using it at work. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fifth of alumni get sick time. Dental insurance applies to the larger part of alums, and a strong majority of survey participants report health coverage. A fair number of survey participants set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Additional benefits handed to Northern Arizona University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $55K for University of Nevada alumni, making their earnings most comparable to NAU grads. Other schools similar to NAU include San Diego State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Colorado Denver.

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Key Stats for Northern Arizona University (NAU)


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$33,532 - $73,862
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

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