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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, roughly 51,000. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Central Florida (UCF) Details


4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816


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University of Central Florida

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State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

65 %


12 %

% Stay In State:

76 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

36 %
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Graduates of the UCF head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the software development industry, the health care industry, and the education industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the aerospace and defense industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of UCF is $54K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $50K where the average male graduate hauls home $62K.


The most generous salaries among UCF alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Software Engineers, whose earnings come to around $98K, followed by Electrical Engineers (about $68K) and Software Engineers (approximately $67K). Staff Accountants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of $42K in this job.


Despite handing out the worst average salary ($53K), Orlando holds on to its UCF student population, and just over two-fifths of grads continue to reside in the city. UCF alumni in search of the largest paycheck, on the other hand, will find it in Atlanta where approximately $74K is the average pay. Close-by Melbourne and New York are also desirable cities among UCF alumni.


Typical salaries reach $86K at Harris Corporation, where former UCF students can easily make the most money. In contrast, alums who work at the University of Central Florida (UCF) face the lowest salaries at $43K on average.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for UCF grads with a Doctorate (PhD) (earnings climb to around $90K per year). A B.A. in Advertising is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of $31K.


Proficiency in Microsoft Office is common among UCF alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, approximately one-eighth of former students report doing so. Engineering Design commands a pay premium of 25 percent for former Knights. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Customer Service rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only half of the alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A fair portion of grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Most survey participants have medical plans, and a majority of the survey participants have dental insurance. Additional benefits handed to University of Central Florida alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of South Florida grads bring in salaries of around about $52K, 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.

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SAT Scores 1590 1890
ACT Scores 24 28

Key Stats



46 %

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54 %

male alumni
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