Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni Average Salary

Northern Arizona University, a school in Flagstaff, Ariz., has roughly 22,000 undergrads. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Lumberjacks!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Registered Nurse (RN)
3 salaries
Operations Manager
3 salaries
Account Manager
3 salaries
Executive Assistant
3 salaries
General / Operations Manager
3 salaries
Financial Analyst
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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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Graduates of NAU go into the health care industry, public K-12 education, and higher education, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former NAU students are employed in the education industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Former NAU graduates bring in $52K on average.


Male graduates of NAU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $64K versus around $49K for women.


Among NAU graduates, the biggest earners are Operations Managers, who haul in $78K on average. Next on the list are Project Engineers and Mechanical Engineers, bringing in approximately $67K and $64K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Office Managers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at about $34K.


A large number of students head to Phoenix, Ariz. after college. It is also not uncommon to find former NAU students living and working in Seattle, Wash. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of around $69K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by NAU alumni is Denver, Colo., where earnings average $49K. Other common destinations for NAU grads include close-by Tucson, Ariz. and Flagstaff, Ariz.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for NAU grads with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) (average earnings climb to approximately $103K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design ($38K on average annually).


Close to an eighth of NAU grads wind up using Microsoft Office at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 33 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($69K). Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. A fair number of graduates participate in a 401(k) program. It is no small feat that a fair number of survey participants are given health coverage, and the larger part of grads accept dental insurance. Northern Arizona University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Nevada grads is about $55K, making their salaries most similar to those of NAU grads. 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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SAT Scores 1390 1720
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for Northern Arizona University (NAU)


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$32,417 - $67,905
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.
$34,870 - $75,017
$36,632 - $65,209
$31,862 - $78,389
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