University of Arizona Alumni Average Salary

Combining good value and great education, the University of Arizona is ranked in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Tucson, Ariz. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. The data for this snapshot was collected from U of A graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Civil Engineer
3 salaries
Software Engineer
3 salaries
Financial Analyst
3 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
2 salaries
Architectural Designer
2 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
2 salaries
Electrical Engineer
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 101

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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 can most commonly be found in the architectural services industry, the retail industry, and the software development industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the aerospace and defense industry. Graduates of the U of A earn $68K on average.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $57K where the average male graduate hauls home $81K.


The most generous salaries among U of A alumni are reportedly earned by Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to approximately $120K, followed by Senior Mechanical Engineers ($94K) and Marketing Directors (about $87K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Architectural Designers — they bring in around $48K.


Infamous for its meager salaries (average pay is the lowest at about $51K), around one in four 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 $120K. Other common destinations include Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) from U of A can rake in a whopping average $163K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (around $44K).


U of A grads are usually competent in Project Management, and a little less than a fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Knowledge of Marketing Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 32 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($90K). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Although slightly more than half of the survey participants are compensated for vacation days, only one-third of alumni are paid for sick time. A large number of alums save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of graduates are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of alums report dental coverage, too. University of Arizona graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of California grads (who make an average of approximately $69K) earn salaries most similar to U of A alumni. Other schools similar to U of A include Arizona State University, 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


39 %
61 %
$35,364 - $87,077
$46,198 - $111,990

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$32,681 - $81,313
$40,398 - $96,414

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