Average Salary for Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni

Northern Arizona University is a university based in Flagstaff, Ariz. that is home to around 22,000 undergraduates. 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 outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
High School Teacher
7 salaries
Elementary School Teacher
6 salaries
Project Engineer
4 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Office Manager
4 salaries
General / Operations Manager
3 salaries
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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 health care industry, public K-12 education, and higher education. The majority of NAU alumni wind up in the education industry. Those with an education from NAU earn an average of $52K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only about $48K on average compared to $64K for male graduates.


In the NAU alumni professional community, Operations Managers make the highest median pay ($78K), though Project Engineers (approximately $67K), and Mechanical Engineers (around $64K) are close competitors. Salaries are anything but generous for Office Managers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $34K.


Many NAU grads flock to Phoenix, Ariz. It is no surprise that Seattle, Wash., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $70K), is another of the most popular spots for former NAU students. Though Yuma, Ariz. takes the cake for lowest pay among NAU grads (the median salary is $40K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other popular cities for NAU alumni include nearby Tucson, Ariz. and Flagstaff, Ariz.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) leads to the highest pay for NAU grads (around $103K on average per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Hotel & Restaurant Management (approximately $32K on average annually).


For former Lumberjacks, proficiency in Leadership warrants a paycheck that is 36 percent more than other alumni salaries. NAU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Office, with about a tenth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Project Management also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. A fair number of grads receive health insurance, and the larger part of alumni get dental coverage. A fair number of graduates set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Other benefits that Northern Arizona University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of Nevada grads report the most similar salaries to NAU alums, earning $55K on average. 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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ACT Scores 20 25

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