University of Arizona Alumni Average Salary

The University of Arizona is a school located in Tucson, Ariz. with around 32,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. Replies from former U of A students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Software Engineer
47 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
27 salaries
Financial Analyst
24 salaries
Data Analyst
23 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
23 salaries
Electrical Engineer
21 salaries
Software Developer
20 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 7 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,334

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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 work in a variety of sectors including the retail industry, the software development industry, and the aerospace and defense industry. The majority of U of A alumni wind up in the architectural services industry. Those with a degree from the U of A make an average of around $68K.


Male graduates of U of A out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $85K versus $55K for women.


Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid U of A alumni, making approximately $120K on average every year, though Senior Financial Analysts ($84K), and Civil Engineers ($71K) are not far behind. Copywriters get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $51K in this job.


Despite handing out the worst average salary (about $50K), Tucson, Ariz. holds on to its U of A student population, and one-fourth of grads continue to reside in the city. On the flipside, U of A grads seeking above-average pay can find soaring salaries in New York, N.Y. where median pay is around $120K. Los Angeles, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

U of A grads who hold a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $163K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $44K per year.


Project Management is a popular skill among U of A alumni, with approximately one-fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. Project Management commands a pay premium of 32 percent for former Wildcats. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, just over half of the former students are compensated for vacation days, but only one-third of alumni can take paid time off due to illness. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most respondents contribute to a 401(k). A large number of former students have medical plans, and a strong majority of respondents have dental insurance. Alumni of University of Arizona also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Arizona State University grads report the most similar salaries to U of A alums, earning $68K on average. 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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