Average Salary for University of Arizona Alumni

When it comes to ROI, the University of Arizona, a public research school located in Tucson, Ariz., with around 32,000 students, ranks in the top 13 percent of universities — students enjoy incredible value for their tuition dollars. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Wildcats!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. This synopsis is derived from the responses of former U of A students who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Arizona Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Optical Engineer
10 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
10 salaries
Project Engineer
9 salaries
Account Manager
9 salaries
Software Developer
9 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 998
United States (change)

About This School

1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

61 %

21 %

46 %

30 %

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The U of A alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the health care industry, the education industry, and the consulting industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the aerospace and defense industry. Former U of A graduates tend to bring in $63K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of around $59K whereas the men's median is $72K.


The most generous salaries among U of A alumni are reportedly earned by Optical Engineers, whose earnings come to $96K, followed by Senior Financial Analysts and Marketing Managers at $74K. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Executive Assistants; alumni in this role face average salaries of approximately $46K.


When it comes to compensation, Tucson brings up the rear (median pay is about $56K); however, between a fifth and a fourth of U of A alumni still choose not to leave this city. For those seeking more money, New York is a popular destination for former U of A students; median pay is $80K. Other common destinations include Los Angeles and San Francisco.


International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. is the top-paying employer among U of A graduates with an average salary of $132K. In contrast, below-average pay is the norm at Honeywell Aerospace; median compensation there comes out to around $63K.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid U of A alumni are those with a medical degree — they earn close to $126K per year. A B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of $40K.


Former Wildcats with Project Management abilities can expect to make 30 percent more than their former classmates (about $82K). U of A grads are usually competent in Project Management, and about one in seven alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of alums report contributing to a 401(k). Dental insurance applies to a fair portion of grads, and a solid majority of grads 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

Compensation averages approximately $63K 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.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Arizona


43 %
57 %
$35,694 - $82,281
$41,254 - $100,914
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 373 votes.
$33,099 - $76,769
$38,522 - $82,926
$38,619 - $106,932
$38,116 - $110,089
$41,870 - $102,079

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