Average Salary for University of Central Florida (UCF) Alumni

Nestled away in Orlando, Fla., the student population at the University of Central Florida, a public research school, is roughly 51,000. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Central Florida (UCF) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Mechanical Engineer
31 salaries
Software Engineer
28 salaries
Electrical Engineer
20 salaries
Project Engineer
18 salaries
Industrial Engineer
16 salaries
Financial Analyst
14 salaries
Staff Accountant
14 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,346
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About This School

4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816

University of Central Florida



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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12 %

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Professionally, the software development industry, the health care industry, and IT services are popular business areas among the UCF alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the aerospace and defense industry. Following graduation, UCF students earn an average of $54K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is around $63K, but the median for the latter is only $50K.


The most generous salaries among UCF alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Software Engineers, whose earnings come to about $104K, followed by Electrical Engineers ($68K) and Software Engineers ($67K). Staff Accountants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning approximately $42K.


Orlando keeps the largest number of UCF grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation ($54K). However, UCF grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Melbourne — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of $76K. New York is also a top pick, as is Jacksonville.


The highest paychecks can be found at Harris Corporation, where some UCF grads go to work for pay averaging $88K. Salaries are anything but high at the University of Central Florida (UCF), though, where average pay is about $43K.

Degree Major

UCF grads who hold a Doctorate (PhD) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning approximately $90K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Event Management (around $34K annually).


Former Knights with Engineering Design experience garner salaries that are 26 percent more than other grads' salaries. Many UCF grads have knowledge of Microsoft Office, with about an eighth of alumni using this program on the clock. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Customer Service is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (half of the alumni and one-third of alumni, respectively). It is no small feat that most former students are given health coverage, and a majority of alums accept dental insurance. A fair portion of alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. University of Central Florida grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Florida Atlantic University grads bring in salaries of around $54K, making them the most similar to UCF alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to UCF include the University of Alabama at Huntsville, North Dakota State University-Main Campus, and Montana State University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1600 1880
ACT Scores 23 28

Key Stats for University of Central Florida (UCF)


46 %
54 %
$30,278 - $66,326
$37,412 - $82,818
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 489 votes.
$46,432 - $76,762
$34,228 - $107,841
$47,783 - $73,698
$66,463 - $114,033
$31,357 - $72,966
$34,006 - $70,491
$35,610 - $99,097
$40,818 - $87,490
$30,067 - $74,368

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