Graduates of the U of A go into the architectural services industry, the retail industry, and the software development industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of U of A alumni wind up in the aerospace and defense industry. Following graduation, U of A students earn an average of $70K.
After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $57K per year compared to men, who earn about $81K.
Former U of A students with an interest in making money consider becoming Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to around $120K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Marketing Directors (approximately $87K) and Senior Financial Analysts ($82K). Architectural Designers pick up $48K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.
It is typical for many U of A grads (close to a fourth of former students) to remain in Tucson, Ariz., which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is approximately $53K). U of A grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in San Jose, Calif. — pay averages to $112K. San Diego, Calif. is also a top pick, as is Los Angeles, Calif.
A Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) will compensate U of A grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $163K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Master of Arts (MA) — their annual income amounts to $42K on average.
Marketing Management commands a pay premium of 25 percent for former Wildcats. U of A grads are usually competent in Project Management, and nearly one-fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Photoshop also warrants excellent remuneration.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; half of the alumni report receiving the former, but only one in three grads report receiving the latter. Most former students save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A large number of survey participants receive health insurance, and a strong majority of graduates get dental coverage. Alumni of University of Arizona also take in a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.
Median pay for University of California grads is around $69K, making their salaries most similar to those of U of A grads. Arizona State University, the University of California-Irvine, and the University of California-Riverside are also similar to U of A.