Former NAU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including clinical care, the steel product manufacturing industry, and the community mental health center industry. Public K-12 education is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Salaries are quite modest for NAU alumni, inconsistent with the impressive SAT results reported by this group. The average starting salary for a graduate of NAU is $49K.
The NAU alumni who make the most are Speech-Language Pathologists; they report a median pay of about $75K.
Many NAU students are Seattle, Wash.-bound following college. Another city that attracts a wealth of NAU grads is Phoenix, Ariz.; given its high compensation ($64K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Relative to other popular cities, Flagstaff ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is approximately $47K); however, Northern Arizona University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. In addition, grads flock to Denver, Colo. as well as Boston, Mass.
NAU grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average around $60K per year. Those with a Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $46K per year.
Nearly one in four grads report using Microsoft Office as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 46 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($72K). Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Microsoft Word are desirable skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of respondents participate in a 401(k) program. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a fair number of grads are rewarded with health insurance and more than half of survey participants report dental coverage, too. Northern Arizona University alumni are also on the receiving end of tuition reimbursement, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Median pay for University of Nevada grads is around $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.