Average Salary for University of Arizona Alumni

The University of Arizona is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Tucson, Ariz., the school is ranked in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Wildcats!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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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.
Software Engineer
15 salaries
Software Developer
9 salaries
Optical Engineer
9 salaries
Account Manager
8 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Executive Assistant
7 salaries
Project Engineer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 763
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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 software development industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the aerospace and defense industry. The average salary for a grad from the U of A is $65K.


The U of A alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $117K. Optical Engineers and Senior Financial Analysts draw in a fair amount as well — $95K and about $73K, respectively. Account Managers pick up $51K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


When it comes to compensation, Tucson, Ariz. brings up the rear (median pay is around $59K); however, roughly a fourth of U of A alumni still choose not to leave this city. On the opposite end of the pay scale is San Francisco, Calif., a top-paying city for U of A grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of approximately $70K). Other cities of interest include Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) leads to the highest pay for U of A grads ($126K on average per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Economics ($49K on average annually).


Many U of A grads have knowledge of Project Management, with roughly a seventh of alumni using this program on the clock. Former Wildcats who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 30 percent more than other alumni (about $84K on average). 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-fifth of alumni get sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most respondents contribute to a 401(k). Health coverage is awarded to most alumni, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of respondents as well. University of Arizona grads are also lucky enough to receive 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.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Arizona


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$36,336 - $83,015
$41,675 - $100,155
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 179 votes.
$32,728 - $79,942
$39,323 - $83,811
$38,000 - $109,960
$36,650 - $82,529
$40,134 - $101,221

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