Average Salary for University of Arizona Alumni

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than the University of Arizona. It is a university based in Tucson, Ariz. that is ranked in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Wildcats!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the U of A grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Arizona Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
17 salaries
Optical Engineer
10 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
10 salaries
Software Developer
9 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
9 salaries
Project Engineer
8 salaries
Account Manager
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 847

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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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Professionally, the health care industry, the education industry, and the consulting industry are popular business areas among the U of A alumni. Among U of A grads, the aerospace and defense industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average starting salary for a graduate of the U of A is $64K.


In the U of A alumni community, men make a median salary of $72K compared to their female counterparts, who earn approximately $60K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid U of A alumni, making about $117K on average every year, though Optical Engineers ($95K), and Senior Financial Analysts (around $77K) are not far behind. Executive Assistants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $43K in this job.


Though Tucson, Ariz. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $57K), one in four U of A students continue living here after college. On the opposite end of the pay scale is New York, N.Y., a top-paying city for U of A grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of $80K). San Francisco, Calif. is also a common pick among U of A grads, along with Los Angeles, Calif.

Degree Major

U of A grads who hold a medical degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $123K per year. A B.A. in Economics is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of approximately $49K.


Close to one-seventh of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Wildcats with Project Management abilities can expect to make 27 percent more than their former classmates ($82K). Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

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. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of grads contribute to a 401(k). Most former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of former students receive dental plans, too. University of Arizona alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Arizona State University graduates, who earn about $64K 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.

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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$35,588 - $82,130
$41,059 - $100,153
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1-4 years
5-9 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 228 votes.
$31,455 - $77,192
$39,165 - $83,814
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