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Average Salary for Old Dominion University Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than Old Dominion University, a public research university based in Norfolk, Va., that is ranked in the top 25 percent of universities by ROI. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Monarchs!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. The figures in this overview come from the responses of ODU grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 420

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

Old Dominion University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Mechanical Engineer
15 salaries
Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
Staff Accountant
7 salaries
High School Teacher
6 salaries
Structural Engineer
6 salaries
Accounting Manager
5 salaries
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 707
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Old Dominion University Details

5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529


State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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The education industry, the financial services industry, and the engineering services industry are just a few of the areas in which ODU grads find work. A large chunk of former ODU students are employed in the health care industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Graduates of ODU typically earn $58K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $50K where the average male graduate hauls home $70K.


The biggest paychecks among ODU alumni are earned by Engineering Project Managers — these former students make $85K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Operations Managers (around $75K) and Mechanical Engineers (approximately $70K). High School Teachers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at about $42K.


ODU alumni typically remain in Norfolk, the city they've grown to love, after graduation, and nearly one in seven grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. Washington, DC is also a common destination for ODU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $77K. On the other hand, ODU alumni who end up in Chesapeake receive the lowest median salaries of $47K. Other popular cities for ODU alumni include nearby Virginia Beach and Newport News.


Typical salaries reach about $70K at Newport News Shipbuilding, where former ODU students can easily make the most money. The school itself is the most popular employer among ODU grads, with less than two percent of students finding work there, even though it offers the lowest median salary of $40K.

Degree Major

Former Monarchs who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Doctorate (PhD) and earn $97K per year. A Bachelor of Science in Human Services (HS) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of $35K.


Engineering Design commands a pay premium of 38 percent for former Monarchs. Nearly one-eighth of grads report using Microsoft Office as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A fair portion of former students have medical plans, and most graduates have dental insurance. A fair portion of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits awarded to Old Dominion University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of Ohio University pick up average paychecks of approximately $58K, which is closest to the amount made by ODU grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to ODU include the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Temple University, and West Virginia University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
920 1120
ACT Scores 18 23

Key Stats

48 %
52 %
$31,118 - $69,106
$41,080 - $90,801
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.
$64,329 - $79,119
$29,376 - $75,000
$58,958 - $72,732
$66,580 - $76,302
$29,674 - $62,043
$30,905 - $75,720
$40,781 - $79,318
$31,232 - $62,388

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