Old Dominion University Alumni Average Salary

Old Dominion University, a school in Norfolk, Va., has roughly 20,000 undergrads. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Monarchs!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
34 salaries
Software Engineer
29 salaries
Electrical Engineer
22 salaries
Project Engineer
15 salaries
Financial Analyst
14 salaries
Operations Manager
13 salaries
Structural Engineer
13 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,412

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About This School

5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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ODU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including public K-12 education, the health care industry, and the automotive manufacturing industry. The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. ODU graduates see an average starting salary of $56K.


ODU grads who become Project Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $83K annually.


Upon earning their degrees, many ODU grads prefer to remain in Norfolk; in fact, roughly one in seven grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. Denver, Colo. is another hot spot for ODU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $69K). For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with ODU alumni is Chesapeake, Va., which offers a median salary of $47K. Nearby Virginia Beach, Va. and Washington, DC also rank high on the list of cities for ODU grads.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) earns ODU students the most money after college (an average about $125K per year). Graduates holding a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (PolySci) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of approximately $26K.


Project Management is a common skill among ODU alumni — around a tenth of grads mention using it at work. Former Monarchs with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 54 percent more than other grads' salaries. Other prime know-hows include Customer Service, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Autodesk AutoCAD.

Benefits and Perks

Former students at this school — more than half of respondents — are lucky enough to receive paid vacation and paid sick leave. A large number of alumni enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of alums receive dental plans, too. Most alums set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Additional perks enjoyed by Old Dominion University grads include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a company-subsidized cell phone, and a casual working environment.

Related Schools

Alumni of Temple University pick up average paychecks of around $57K, which is closest to the amount made by ODU grads among similar schools. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County, West Virginia University, and Ohio University-Main Campus are also similar to ODU.

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