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. The data for this snapshot was collected from U of A graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Arizona Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
14 salaries
Optical Engineer
9 salaries
Software Developer
9 salaries
Executive Assistant
7 salaries
Account Manager
7 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
7 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 708
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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 consulting industry, the health care industry, and the software development industry are just a few of the areas in which the U of A grads find work. Among U of A grads, the aerospace and defense industry is a commonly chosen career field. Graduates of the U of A earn $65K on average.


The U of A alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of around $117K. Optical Engineers and Software Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — approximately $100K and $70K, respectively. Executive Assistants pick up $44K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


For reasons other than money, U of A grads are most commonly found still living in Tucson, Ariz., where median pay sits at the bottom of the pay scale ($59K). On the other hand, U of A alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of about $70K. In addition, grads flock to Los Angeles, Calif. as well as Scottsdale, Ariz.

Degree Major

Former Wildcats who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn a median salary of approximately $126K per year. A B.A. in Sociology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $40K.


Project Management is a popular skill among U of A alumni, with roughly a seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. Former Wildcats with Engineering Design experience garner salaries that are 31 percent more than other grads' salaries. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most grads are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of alumni report dental coverage, too. A large number of former students allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings 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

Arizona State University graduates, who earn $65K on average, make a similar amount 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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