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Average Salary for University of Arizona Alumni

Students looking for a top value school need look no further than the University of Arizona, a public research university based in Tucson, Ariz., that is ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by ROI. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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 Arizona Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
26 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
13 salaries
Software Developer
12 salaries
Optical Engineer
12 salaries
Executive Assistant
11 salaries
Project Engineer
10 salaries
Marketing Manager
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,241
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University of Arizona Details

1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066


State Schools, Research Universities, 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 education industry, and the consulting industry. The aerospace and defense industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Graduates of U of A typically earn $64K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn $72K per year compared to females' about $59K.


Among U of A alumni, those working as Optical Engineers report the highest median pay of around $100K, followed by Senior Financial Analysts (approximately $76K), and Software Engineers ($65K). Executive Assistants face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $46K.


Though Tucson offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at around $56K), about one in four U of A students continue living here after college. By comparison, the top-paying city popular with U of A alumni is New York, which offers median salaries of $80K. Graduates also relocate to Los Angeles and San Francisco.


U of A grads can make the most money at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.; average pay at this company is $132K. Bringing in an average of about $46K, those employed by the school find themselves with much lower salaries.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for U of A grads ($126K per year). Those holding a B.A. in Sociology are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in approximately $40K per year.


Project Management is a popular skill among U of A alumni, with one-seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. Budget Management commands a pay premium of 30 percent for former Wildcats. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fourth of alumni get sick time. It is no small feat that a strong majority of grads are given health coverage, and most alumni accept dental insurance. To plan for old age, a solid majority of alums maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Additional perks enjoyed by University of Arizona grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $65K for Arizona State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to U of A grads. 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 1450 1820
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats

43 %
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$35,639 - $82,095
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Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 419 votes.
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$38,671 - $83,772
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$38,442 - $108,814
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