Old Dominion University Alumni Average Salary

Old Dominion University is a university based in Norfolk, Va. that is home to around 20,000 undergraduates. 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. The figures in this overview come from the responses of ODU grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Mechanical Engineer
38 salaries
Software Engineer
28 salaries
Electrical Engineer
22 salaries
Operations Manager
16 salaries
Civil Engineer
13 salaries
Structural Engineer
12 salaries
Graphic Designer
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,317

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About This School

5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The health care industry, the school district industry, and the government industry are just a few of the areas in which ODU grads find work. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Median pay for those who graduated from ODU amounts to about $59K.


The most lucrative professionals among ODU alumni are Project Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $83K.


Virginia Beach, Va. is filled with ODU grads. It is no surprise that Denver, Colo., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is approximately $69K), is another of the most popular spots for former ODU students. Home to the lowest median salary for ODU alumni is Chesapeake, Va., a popular place for former students despite its $47K average paycheck. Other cities of interest among ODU alumni include nearby Norfolk, Va. and Newport News, Va.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) will compensate ODU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $120K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (PolySci) (around $26K on average annually).


Proficiency in Project Management is common among ODU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, around a seventh of former students report doing so. Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Monarchs — they earn 44 percent more than their fellow graduates. Engineering Design, Customer Service, and Microsoft Excel are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A number of grads are rewarded with paid time off, and a fair number of graduates report compensation for sick days and vacation time. A large number of alumni save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. For this school, a large number of survey participants are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of grads pick up dental plans, too. Other benefits awarded to Old Dominion University alumni include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a company-subsidized cell phone, and a casual working environment.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, West Virginia University grads (who make an average of $59K) earn salaries most similar to ODU alumni. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Temple University, and Ohio University-Main Campus are also similar to ODU.

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$31,147 - $80,388
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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

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