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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
331
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities
126
out of 420
Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School
176
out of 445
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Typical Early Career Salary
$42,200
Old Dominion University Alumni
Median Salary by Job
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
$70,332  
   
Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
$63,000  
Staff Accountant
7 salaries
$42,894  
Structural Engineer
6 salaries
$62,812  
Project Manager, Engineering
6 salaries
$85,000  
High School Teacher
6 salaries
$41,976  
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
$65,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 725
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Old Dominion University Details

Address:

5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529

Website:

Admissions Website:

Students Enrolled:

19,612

Categories:

State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

49 %

% STEM:

10 %

% Stay In State:

72 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

32 %
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Industry

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.

Gender

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

Jobs

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.

Locations

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.

Employers

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.

Skills

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.

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Test Scores
Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores* 920 1120
ACT Scores 18 23

Key Stats

Gender

Female

48 %

female alumni

Male

52 %

male alumni
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$31,118 - $69,106
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$41,080 - $90,801

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Job Satisfaction


Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.

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