Average Salary for Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni

Northern Arizona University is a university based in Flagstaff, Ariz. that is home to around 22,000 undergraduates. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Lumberjacks!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the NAU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Northern Arizona University (NAU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
High School Teacher
8 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Elementary School Teacher
7 salaries
Project Engineer
5 salaries
General / Operations Manager
4 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Office Manager
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 340
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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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Former NAU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including public K-12 education, the health care industry, and higher education. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Former NAU graduates bring in about $52K on average.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $48K whereas the men's median is $64K.


NAU grads who become Operations Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $78K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Project Engineers and Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach approximately $67K and $64K, respectively. Office Managers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of around $34K in this job.


The most popular destination for former NAU students is Phoenix, Ariz. Seattle, Wash. is another hot spot for NAU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to approximately $70K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by NAU alumni is Yuma, Ariz., where earnings average $40K. Other common destinations for NAU grads include close-by Tucson, Ariz. and Flagstaff, Ariz.

Degree Major

NAU grads who hold a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $98K per year. A Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $38K.


For former Lumberjacks, proficiency in Project Management warrants a paycheck that is 40 percent more than other alumni salaries. Many NAU grads have knowledge of Microsoft Excel, with one-eighth of alumni using this program on the clock. Experience with Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

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 strong majority of alums report contributing to a 401(k). For this school, a strong majority of alumni are the recipients of health benefits, and a majority of alumni pick up dental plans, too. Northern Arizona University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Compensation averages around $55K for University of Nevada alumni, making their earnings most comparable 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.

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ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for Northern Arizona University (NAU)


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$32,058 - $66,060
$42,280 - $88,636
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20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

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