Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 22,000 people attend Northern Arizona University, a institution based in Flagstaff, Ariz. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Lumberjacks!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Northern Arizona University (NAU) School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
3 salaries
Operations Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Jun 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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

49 %

11 %

56 %

37 %


NAU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including clinical care, the steel product manufacturing industry, and the community mental health center industry. Public K-12 education registers as the most common industry among alumni. 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. Starting salaries of $49K are the median among NAU grads.


NAU grads who become Speech-Language Pathologists garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $75K annually.


Many NAU students are Seattle, Wash.-bound following college. Phoenix, Ariz. is also a common destination for NAU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $64K. NAU grads love their alma mater so much that many stick around in Flagstaff despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($47K). Graduates also relocate to Denver, Colo. and 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. Those holding a Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in approximately $46K on average per year.


Roughly one in four NAU grads wind up using Microsoft Office at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Former Lumberjacks with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 45 percent more than other grads' salaries. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Operations Management, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. A fair number of respondents report contributing to a 401(k). A strong majority of grads have medical plans, and more than half of alumni have dental insurance. Other benefits awarded to Northern Arizona University alumni include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of Nevada graduates, who earn $55K on average, make a similar amount 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.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1390 1720
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for Northern Arizona University (NAU)


56 %
44 %
$32,438 - $75,321
$39,305 - $81,780

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$40,268 - $79,434

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