University of Arizona Alumni Average Salary

Around 32,000 undergrads attend the University of Arizona, a school in Tucson, Ariz.. The school sits 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
50 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
28 salaries
Financial Analyst
25 salaries
Electrical Engineer
24 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
22 salaries
Software Developer
22 salaries
Data Analyst
20 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,374
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1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The U of A alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the retail industry, the software development industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The aerospace and defense industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Those with a degree from the U of A make an average of $65K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in approximately $74K after graduating from U of A, the average woman earns only $60K.


Among U of A alumni, those working as Senior Financial Analysts report the highest median pay of around $85K, followed by Software Engineers ($82K), and Civil Engineers (about $68K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Software Developers who make an average of $55K.


When it comes to compensation, Tucson, Ariz. brings up the rear (median pay is about $54K); however, close to a fourth of U of A alumni still choose not to leave this city. On the other hand, U of A alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of $81K. Other cities of interest include Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

Former Wildcats who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Science (MS), Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and earn a median salary of $152K per year. An Associate's Degree commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $46K.


Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Wildcats — they earn 19 percent more than their fellow graduates. One-sixth of U of A grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly less than half of the alums report receiving paid vacation days, but just one-fourth of alumni are paid for sick leave. A large number of alumni save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to most alums, and a fair number of alums sign up for dental plans. Alumni of University of Arizona also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus graduates, who earn around $64K on average, make a similar amount to U of A grads. Other schools similar to U of A include Arizona State University, the University of California-San Diego, and the University of California-Irvine.

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Key Stats for University of Arizona


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$34,236 - $82,329
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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$37,286 - $110,962
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