Graduates of NAU go into clinical care, the steel product manufacturing industry, and the community mental health center industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular career sector among alumni is public K-12 education. Curiously, the high SAT results reported by NAU alumni do not result in top-paid positions in the workforce — in fact, this group brings home rather low salaries. The average starting salary for a graduate of NAU is $49K.
The biggest paychecks among NAU alumni are earned by Speech-Language Pathologists — these former students make an average $75K per year.
The most popular destination for former NAU students is Seattle, Wash. Phoenix, Ariz. is another hot spot for NAU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $65K). NAU grads love their alma mater so much that many stick around in Flagstaff despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (approximately $50K). Neighboring Tucson, Ariz. is another common pick among NAU grads, along with Denver, Colo.
Among the highest-paid NAU alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) — they earn close to around $60K on average per year. Those with a Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average about $46K per year.
Many NAU grads have knowledge of Microsoft Office, with approximately one in four alumni using this program on the clock. Former Lumberjacks with Microsoft Excel abilities can expect to make 57 percent more than their former classmates ($77K). Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Operations Management are desirable skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. A strong majority of survey participants receive health insurance, and more than half of respondents get dental coverage. A fair number of alums participate in a 401(k) program. Northern Arizona University grads are also lucky enough to receive tuition reimbursement, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
University of Nevada grads bring in salaries of around about $55K, making them the most similar to NAU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to NAU include San Diego State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Colorado Denver.