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Average Salary for University of Cincinnati (UC) Alumni

Positioned in the top 17 percent of universities by ROI, the University of Cincinnati — a public research school in Cincinnati, Ohio, with around 23,000 undergraduate students — gives families an outstanding long-term payout. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Cincinnati (UC) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer
25 salaries
Project Engineer
15 salaries
Industrial Designer
12 salaries
Civil Engineer
11 salaries
Process Engineer
11 salaries
Software Engineer
10 salaries
Electrical Engineer
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,024

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About This School

2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0063

University of Cincinnati



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of the UC work in a variety of sectors including the architectural services industry, the manufacturing industry, and clinical care. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of UC is $61K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $55K per year compared to men, who earn $70K.


In the UC alumni professional community, Software Engineers make the highest median pay ($76K), though Process Engineers (approximately $70K), and Mechanical Engineers (around $64K) are close competitors. Salaries are anything but generous for Graphic Designers, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at about $41K.


UC alumni love Cincinnati so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with close to one-half of grads staying on to find permanent employment. UC grads also flock to Cleveland, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is around $65K). For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with UC alumni is New York, which offers median salaries of $53K. Nearby Columbus is also a top pick for UC grads, as is Dayton.


General Electric Co (GE) is the top-paying employer among UC graduates with an average salary of $84K. In contrast, the University of Cincinnati (UC) ranks much lower on the pay scale; the median salary there is approximately $45K.

Degree Major

Former Bearcats who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn $132K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Master of Architecture (MArch) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making $44K per year.


Knowledge of Engineering Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 19 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $72K). Project Management is a popular skill among UC alumni, with nearly one in six grads reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and AutoCAD are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A solid majority of graduates report contributing to a 401(k). A strong majority of former students receive health insurance, and most former students get dental coverage. University of Cincinnati grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Indiana University grads report the most similar salaries to UC alums, earning $58K on average. Other schools similar to UC include the University of Louisville, Ohio State University-Main Campus, and the University of Kentucky.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1490 1860
ACT Scores 22 28

Key Stats for University of Cincinnati (UC)


43 %
57 %
$33,983 - $75,520
$41,327 - $93,730
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 436 votes.
$63,848 - $88,427
$30,791 - $69,666
$49,068 - $89,271
$66,992 - $79,497
$36,321 - $78,262
$38,978 - $75,057
$39,999 - $72,571
$36,467 - $67,179
$31,173 - $121,209

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