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. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Wildcats!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. The figures in this rundown were provided by U of A alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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University of Arizona Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
16 salaries
Software Developer
7 salaries
Financial Analyst
6 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
6 salaries
Optical Engineer
6 salaries
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
Account Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 624
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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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Graduates of the U of A are found working in a number of different fields including the consulting industry, the health care industry, and the education industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the aerospace and defense industry. Starting salaries of around $64K are the median among U of A grads.


In the U of A alumni professional community, Optical Engineers make the highest median pay ($100K), though Senior Financial Analysts (about $75K), and Software Engineers ($69K) are close competitors. Executive Assistants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning approximately $44K.


When it comes to compensation, Tucson, Ariz. brings up the rear (median pay is $58K); however, just over one in five U of A alumni still choose not to leave this city. U of A grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in San Francisco, Calif. — pay averages to $70K. Other cities of interest among U of A alumni include nearby Scottsdale, Ariz. and Los Angeles, Calif.

Degree Major

U of A students with a medical degree can expect to make the most money ($126K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those with a B.A. in Communication face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $46K per year.


Engineering Design commands a pay premium of 27 percent for former Wildcats. U of A grads are usually competent in Project Management, and one in seven alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. Most former students allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of respondents, and most survey participants report health coverage. 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

Alumni of Arizona State University pick up average paychecks of around $65K, which is closest to the amount made by U of A grads among similar schools. 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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$36,327 - $82,856
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
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$54,562 - $91,385
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