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.
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.
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.