Average Salary for University of Cincinnati (UC) Alumni

Attending the University of Cincinnati, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and it is ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Bearcats!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. The figures in this overview come from the responses of UC grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Cincinnati (UC) Alumni

Median Salary by 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.
Mechanical Engineer
23 salaries
Project Engineer
13 salaries
Software Engineer
10 salaries
Civil Engineer
10 salaries
Industrial Designer
10 salaries
Process Engineer
9 salaries
Graphic Designer
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 921

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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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The architectural services industry, clinical care, and the manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which the UC grads find work. The most popular career sector among alumni is the health care industry. The average salary for a grad from the UC is $60K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes approximately $55K where the average male graduate hauls home around $69K.


The biggest paychecks among UC alumni are earned by Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of about $72K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Process Engineers ($68K) and Project Engineers ($65K). Interior Designers pick up $50K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Cincinnati is a popular place for UC students to settle after graduation, and roughly one-half of grads find steadfast employment in the city. UC alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Cleveland, Ohio, which offers a median salary of around $69K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among UC grads is New York, N.Y. (median compensation is $52K). Other popular cities for UC alumni include nearby Columbus, Ohio and Dayton, Ohio.

Degree Major

A graduate with a medical degree from UC can rake in a whopping average $140K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Graduates holding a B.A. in Communication fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of about $44K.


Project Management is a popular skill among UC alumni, with around one in six grads reporting using it on the job. For former Bearcats, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 18 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. Health benefits extend to a large number of grads, and a fair number of respondents also receive dental coverage. Most graduates save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. University of Cincinnati grads are also lucky enough to receive 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 approximately $60K on average. Indiana University-Bloomington, Ohio State University-Main Campus, and the University of Kentucky are also similar to UC.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Cincinnati (UC)


42 %
58 %
$33,561 - $75,765
$40,423 - $91,107
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 254 votes.
$35,638 - $77,654
$39,548 - $72,513
$40,851 - $72,785
$30,564 - $124,779
$36,329 - $71,732

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