Average Salary for Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni

Northern Arizona University, a public research school in Flagstaff, Ariz., has roughly 22,000 undergrads. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Lumberjacks!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. This summary is derived from information given by NAU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Northern Arizona University (NAU) 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.
High School Teacher
10 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Elementary School Teacher
8 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
General / Operations Manager
5 salaries
General Manager, Restaurant
5 salaries
Accounting Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 440
United States (change)

About This School

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

Northern Arizona University



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

49 %

11 %

56 %

37 %

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NAU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the education industry, the hotel industry, and public K-12 education. The majority of NAU alumni wind up in the health care industry. Those with an education from NAU earn an average of approximately $52K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of around $50K per year compared to men, who earn $63K.


Among NAU graduates, the biggest earners are Mechanical Engineers and Project Engineers, who haul in $65K on average. Operations Managers do well for themselves as well, making about $57K. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Administrative Assistants; alumni in this role face average salaries of $34K.


Those with a degree from NAU often relocate to Phoenix after college. It is also not uncommon to find former NAU students living and working in Seattle — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $70K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with NAU alumni is Yuma, which offers median salaries of about $44K. Close-by Tucson and Flagstaff are also desirable cities among NAU alumni.

Degree Major

NAU grads who hold a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning around $96K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (approximately $35K annually).


NAU alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Office, with about one in eight grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Former Lumberjacks with Project Management abilities can expect to make 37 percent more than their former classmates ($72K). Experience with Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Project Management is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only half of the alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. For this school, a solid majority of grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a majority of graduates pick up dental plans, too. A strong majority of former students opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. 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

University of Nevada grads bring in salaries of around $55K, making them the most similar to NAU alumni in terms of earnings. 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)


52 %
48 %
$32,401 - $67,355
$40,366 - $87,227
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 178 votes.

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