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Average Salary for University of Central Florida (UCF) Alumni

The University of Central Florida is a university based in Orlando, Fla. that is home to around 51,000 undergraduates. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Overall College ROI Rank

393
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

155
out of 408
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

205
out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

$42,600
University of Central Florida (UCF) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Mechanical Engineer
27 salaries
$60,588  
   
Software Engineer
25 salaries
$66,641  
Electrical Engineer
20 salaries
$67,086  
Project Engineer
16 salaries
$61,716  
Industrial Engineer
15 salaries
$67,207  
Staff Accountant
14 salaries
$43,483  
Senior Software Engineer
13 salaries
$104,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,282

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About This School

4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816

University of Central Florida

www.ucf.edu/admissions/

51,333

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

67 %

12 %

74 %

31 %


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Industry

Graduates of the UCF head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the software development industry, the health care industry, and IT services are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. Among UCF grads, the aerospace and defense industry is a commonly chosen career field. Starting salaries of about $54K are the median among UCF grads.

Gender

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

Jobs

The most lucrative professionals among UCF alumni are Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of around $69K. Also near the top of the pay scale at $67K are Electrical Engineers and Industrial Engineers. Staff Accountants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of approximately $43K in this job.

Locations

UCF alumni like Orlando so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with close to two-fifths of grads staying on to find permanent employment. Another city that attracts a wealth of UCF grads is Melbourne, Fla.; given its high compensation ($78K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other end, UCF grads flock to Miami, Fla., which actually offers the weakest median salary of about $50K. Neighboring Tampa, Fla. is another common pick among UCF grads, along with Jacksonville, Fla.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) will compensate UCF grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $102K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Advertising tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $30K per year.

Skills

Former Knights with Engineering Design abilities can expect to make 28 percent more than their former classmates ($70K). Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among UCF alumni, with approximately one-eighth of workers reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Just over two-fifths of former students do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to a strong majority of alumni, and a majority of grads sign up for dental plans. Alumni of University of Central Florida also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Florida Atlantic University graduates, who earn approximately $55K on average, make a similar amount to UCF grads. 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)

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %
Salary
$30,375 - $67,796
Salary
$37,118 - $82,708
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 297 votes.
$40,268 - $75,717
$71,500 - $102,913
$45,943 - $95,500
$31,154 - $72,503
$34,493 - $98,167
$34,645 - $68,338
$40,178 - $83,330
$30,201 - $74,368

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