The U of A alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the retail industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the software development industry. Among U of A grads, the architectural services industry is a commonly chosen career field. U of A graduates see an average starting salary of $68K.
There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is around $84K, but the median for the latter is only $55K.
The U of A alumni who make the most are Software Engineers; they report a median pay of about $120K. Software Developers and Civil Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $84K and $71K, respectively. Architectural Designers pick up approximately $48K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.
It is typical for many U of A grads (nearly one in four former students) to remain in Tucson, Ariz., which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is $50K). However, U of A grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to New York, N.Y. — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of approximately $120K. Los Angeles, Calif. is also a top pick, as is San Diego, Calif.
A Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) leads to the highest pay for U of A grads (about $163K on average per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $44K on average per year.
Former Wildcats with C++ Programming Language experience garner salaries that are 68 percent more than other grads' salaries. Project Management is a popular skill among U of A alumni, with one-fifth of grads reporting using it on the job. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.
Benefits and Perks
Just over half of the alumni are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one in four survey participants get paid sick leave. Most alums save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to most alumni, and a strong majority of respondents sign up for dental plans. Other benefits awarded to University of Arizona alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
Compensation averages $69K for University of California alumni, making their earnings most comparable to 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.