Average Salary for University of Arizona Alumni

Ranked in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment, the University of Arizona is a university based in Tucson, Ariz., and it's home to around 32,000 undergraduates. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Wildcats!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. This report is based on the responses of U of A graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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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 Arizona Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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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.
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Optical Engineer
10 salaries
Software Developer
10 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
10 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
9 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Account Manager
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 943

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About This School

1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The U of A alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the health care industry, the consulting industry, and the education industry. The most popular field is the aerospace and defense industry. Median pay for those who graduated from the U of A amounts to $64K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid U of A alumni, making $117K on average every year, though Optical Engineers ($95K), and Senior Financial Analysts ($77K) are not far behind. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Account Managers who make an average of around $51K.


Infamous for its meager salaries (average pay is the lowest at about $57K), nearly one-fourth of U of A students still call Tucson, Ariz. their home after graduation. For those seeking more money, New York, N.Y. is a popular destination for former U of A students; median pay is approximately $80K. Graduates also relocate to San Francisco, Calif. and Los Angeles, Calif.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for U of A grads with a medical degree (average earnings climb to about $125K per year). Graduates holding a B.A. in Economics fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $49K.


U of A grads are usually competent in Project Management, and close to one-seventh of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Wildcats — they earn 28 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Most survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of alums, and most respondents report health coverage. University of Arizona alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Arizona State University grads (who make an average of $65K) earn salaries most similar to U of A alumni. Other schools similar to U of A include the University of California-San Diego, the University of California-Irvine, and the University of California-Riverside.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1463 1820
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats for University of Arizona


43 %
57 %
$35,871 - $81,704
$40,548 - $100,609
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 251 votes.
$32,039 - $77,326
$38,545 - $83,427
$37,330 - $113,032
$41,341 - $108,814
$37,216 - $80,395
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