Average Salary for University of Akron - Main Campus Alumni

The University of Akron Main Campus is a university based in Akron, Ohio that is home to around 20,000 undergraduates. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Zips!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. The data in this summary come from UA alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Akron - Main Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Electrical Engineer
8 salaries
Software Engineer
8 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Process Engineer
5 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
5 salaries
Executive Assistant
5 salaries
Mechanical Engineering Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 552

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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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The UA alumni can most commonly be found in the health care industry, the automotive manufacturing industry, and the banking industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular field is the manufacturing industry. The average salary for a grad from the UA is approximately $57K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $52K whereas the men's median is $66K.


UA grads who become Marketing Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $72K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Electrical Engineers and Civil Engineers; their salaries approach about $68K and $63K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Software Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of around $50K.


Though Akron, Ohio offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $53K), just under one in three UA students continue living here after college. On the flipside, UA grads seeking above-average pay can find soaring salaries in Atlanta, Ga. where median pay is about $73K. Neighboring Canton, Ohio is another common pick among UA grads, along with Columbus, Ohio.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for UA grads with a Doctorate (PhD) (average earnings climb to $105K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration ($39K on average annually).


Project Management commands a pay premium of 29 percent for former Zips. Many UA grads have knowledge of Microsoft Excel, with approximately one-seventh of alumni using this program on the clock. Competency in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; a little less than half of the alums report receiving the former, but only one in four survey participants report receiving the latter. Most alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). A large number of survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a majority of former students receive dental plans, too. 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

Among alumni of similar schools, Ball State University grads (who make an average of around $54K) earn salaries most similar to UA alumni. Cleveland State University, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, and Wright State University-Main Campus are also similar to UA.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Akron - Main Campus


40 %
60 %
$32,571 - $70,330
$39,420 - $88,506
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 165 votes.
$34,554 - $70,636
$35,014 - $83,331
$28,904 - $80,000
$38,467 - $81,581
$60,000 - $114,882

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