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Average Salary for Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni

Nestled away in Flagstaff, Ariz., the student population at Northern Arizona University, a public research school, roughly 22,000. 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. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Northern Arizona University (NAU) Details


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


Also Known As:

Northern Arizona University

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State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

49 %


11 %

% Stay In State:

57 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

41 %
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Former NAU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the education industry, the hotel industry, and public K-12 education. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of NAU is $53K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only approximately $50K on average compared to $63K for male graduates.


Among NAU alumni, those working as Mechanical Engineers and Project Engineers report the highest median pay of around $65K, followed by Accounting Managers at $60K. Administrative Assistants pick up about $34K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


A large number of students head to Phoenix after college. The top-paying city popular with NAU alumni is Seattle, which offers median salaries of $70K. On the far end of the pay scale, NAU alumni often reside in Yuma, which is home to the lowest pay at around $47K. Nearby Tucson is also a top pick for NAU grads, as is Flagstaff.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of $96K per year, former Lumberjacks who have a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) are the best paid among the alumni population. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education face salaries on the lower end, coming in close to approximately $35K per year.


Proficiency in Microsoft Office is common among NAU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, one-tenth of former students report doing so. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 39 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($73K). Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Project Management are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in three grads receive sick leave. For this school, a strong majority of grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a majority of graduates pick up dental plans, too. The greater part of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Northern Arizona University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Nevada grads report the most similar salaries to NAU alums, earning $55K on average. San Diego State University, The University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Colorado Denver are also similar to NAU.

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ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats



53 %

female alumni


47 %

male alumni
$32,372 - $67,539
$39,787 - $87,652

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