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Average Salary for University of Akron - Main Campus Alumni

Around 20,000 people attend the University of Akron Main Campus, a institution based in Akron, Ohio. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Zips!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. This report is based on the responses of UA graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Akron - Main Campus 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
10 salaries
Software Engineer
9 salaries
Electrical Engineer
8 salaries
Civil Engineer
6 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
5 salaries
Process Engineer
5 salaries
Marketing Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 603

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About This School

302 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH 44325-4702

University of Akron



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of the UA head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the health care industry, the banking industry, and the automotive manufacturing industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. A large chunk of former UA students are employed in the manufacturing industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Starting salaries of around $57K are the median among UA grads.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of approximately $52K per year compared to men, who earn about $66K.


Engineering Project Managers win the contest for best-paid UA alumni, making $95K on average every year, though Electrical Engineers ($68K), and Civil Engineers ($63K) are not far behind. Salaries are anything but generous for Software Engineers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $47K.


More often than not, UA grads continue living in Akron, Ohio (slightly less than a third of former students to be exact) even though the average salary here takes last place on the pay scale ($54K). Alternatively, Dayton, Ohio is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is approximately $85K — which is an (obvious) draw for many UA grads. UA alumni express interest in nearby Canton, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio as well.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) leads to the highest pay for UA grads ($98K on average per year). A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of about $39K.


Many UA grads have knowledge of Microsoft Excel, with one in seven alumni using this program on the clock. Former Zips who have experience with Project Management can expect to make 29 percent more than other alumni ($74K on average). Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Just under half of the alumni report receiving paid vacation days, but just one-fourth of alumni are paid for sick leave. Most survey participants receive health insurance, and a majority of graduates get dental coverage. A large number of alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Additional benefits handed to University of Akron Main Campus alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Ball State University grads bring in salaries of around around $54K, making them the most similar to UA alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to UA include Cleveland State University, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, and Wright State University-Main Campus.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
920 1200
ACT Scores 18 25

Key Stats for University of Akron - Main Campus


40 %
60 %
$32,564 - $71,635
$39,284 - $88,364
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.
$35,193 - $71,476
$34,221 - $83,756
$29,032 - $78,621
$26,000 - $80,998
$59,987 - $80,000

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