Average Salary for University of Akron - Main Campus Alumni

The University of Akron Main Campus, a public research school in Akron, Ohio, has roughly 22,000 undergrads. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Zips!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Akron - Main Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Mechanical Engineer
10 salaries
Software Engineer
9 salaries
Electrical Engineer
8 salaries
Executive Assistant
6 salaries
Civil Engineer
6 salaries
Retail Store Manager
5 salaries
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 630
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About This School

302 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH 44325-4702

University of Akron



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

42 %

17 %

81 %

47 %

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Graduates of the UA work in a variety of industries including the health care industry, the banking industry, and the automotive manufacturing industry. The most popular field is the manufacturing industry. Typical pay for those who graduated from UA amounts to $57K.


Male graduates do tend to earn more than female graduates; the first group banks about $66K per year, but the second group takes home only approximately $51K.


Among UA graduates, the biggest earners are Electrical Engineers, who haul in $68K on average. Next on the list are Civil Engineers and Mechanical Engineers, bringing in $66K and $61K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Financial Analysts — they bring in around $45K.


Akron is a city beloved by UA alumni, and just under a third of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. In addition, former UA students often head to Atlanta after graduating, where typical salaries come to $71K in this top-paying city. UA alumni in Canton can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at approximately $52K. UA alumni express interest in nearby Cleveland and Columbus as well.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management will compensate UA grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in $96K per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $42K per year.


Microsoft Excel is a common skill among UA alumni — one in seven grads mention using it at work. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 29 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($73K). Experience with Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only half of the alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. A solid majority of alumni set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Dental insurance applies to a majority of the survey participants, and the greater part of alums report health coverage. University of Akron Main Campus graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Ball State University pick up average paychecks of $53K, which is closest to the amount made by UA grads among similar schools. 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


41 %
59 %
$32,648 - $68,866
$38,960 - $88,188
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 277 votes.
$33,786 - $71,543
$34,746 - $83,130
$29,696 - $76,954
$25,490 - $80,709
$29,250 - $78,860

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