Average Salary for Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni

Nestled away in Flagstaff, Ariz., Northern Arizona University, a school, has a student population of roughly 22,000. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Lumberjacks!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. The figures in this overview come from the responses of NAU grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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High School Teacher
9 salaries
Elementary School Teacher
8 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Project Engineer
5 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
General / Operations Manager
4 salaries
Office Manager
4 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 belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the education industry, public K-12 education, and the hotel industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the health care industry. The average salary for a grad from NAU is $53K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $49K on average compared to about $64K for male graduates.


Former NAU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Operations Managers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to approximately $78K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Project Engineers (around $67K) and Mechanical Engineers ($64K). Administrative Assistants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $33K in this job.


Many NAU students are Phoenix, Ariz.-bound following college. Seattle, Wash. is another hot spot for NAU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to around $70K). On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among NAU grads is Yuma, Ariz. (median compensation is approximately $44K). Nearby Tucson, Ariz. and Flagstaff, Ariz. also rank high on the list of cities for NAU grads.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) will compensate NAU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $98K on average per year. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Hotel & Restaurant Management are the lowest of the pack, earning $37K.


Proficiency in Microsoft Office is common among NAU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, close to an eighth of former students report doing so. Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Lumberjacks — they earn 31 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Project Management are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-third of alumni for sick time. A large number of survey participants save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Most graduates have medical plans, and the larger part of alumni have dental insurance. Graduates of Northern Arizona University are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Nevada grads is $55K, making their salaries most similar to those of 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

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SAT Scores 1390 1720
ACT Scores 20 25

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