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Average Salary for University of Cincinnati (UC) Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than the University of Cincinnati, a public research university based in Cincinnati, Ohio, that is ranked in the top 17 percent of universities by ROI. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

out of 420

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

University of Cincinnati (UC) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer
31 salaries
Project Engineer
17 salaries
Industrial Designer
14 salaries
Software Engineer
14 salaries
Graphic Designer
13 salaries
Civil Engineer
13 salaries
Process Engineer
13 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,325
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University of Cincinnati (UC) Details

2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0063

University of Cincinnati


State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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17 %

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Professionally, the architectural services industry, the manufacturing industry, and clinical care are popular business areas among the UC alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. Starting salaries of $61K are common among UC grads.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $54K on average compared to $70K for male graduates.


The UC alumni who make the most are Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $75K. Process Engineers and Mechanical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — approximately $68K and $64K. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Graphic Designers; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $41K.


UC alumni typically remain in Cincinnati, the city they've grown to love, after graduation, and roughly one-half of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. With a median salary of $62K, Chicago represents the highest-paid city popular among UC grads. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among UC grads is New York (median compensation is around $54K). Other popular cities for UC alumni include nearby Columbus and Dayton.


Typical salaries reach $84K at General Electric Co (GE), where former UC students can easily make the most money. By comparison, earnings are fairly low at the University of Cincinnati (UC), where the median salary is approximately $44K.

Degree Major

Former Bearcats who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn about $128K per year. A Master of Architecture (MArch) offers the lowest annual financial reward ($44K).


Competency in Engineering Design translates into above-average pay for former Bearcats — they earn 19 percent more than their fellow graduates. Many former UC students are familiar with Project Management, and about one in six grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and AutoCAD also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about half of the alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fourth of alumni get sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a solid majority of grads are rewarded with health insurance and most respondents report dental coverage, too. The greater part of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. University of Cincinnati graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Louisville grads report the most similar salaries to UC alums, earning $60K on average. Other schools similar to UC include Indiana University-Bloomington, Ohio State University-Main Campus, and the University of Kentucky.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1510 1870
ACT Scores 22 27

Key Stats

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$33,528 - $75,352
$41,355 - $93,758
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 493 votes.
$64,299 - $89,954
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$35,773 - $78,499
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