University of Delaware Alumni Average Salary

The University of Delaware is a school located in Newark, Del. with around 18,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. The figures in this overview come from the responses of UD grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Mechanical Engineer
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Project Engineer
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Executive Director
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Structural Engineer
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Civil Engineer
5 salaries
Marketing Manager
4 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 443
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About This School

104 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE 19716


State School, Research University, Party School, For Sports Fans

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The UD alumni can most commonly be found in the banking industry, the education industry, and the aerospace and defense industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. Among UD grads, the financial services industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UD is $63K.


Male graduates of UD out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of approximately $72K versus about $58K for women.


UD grads who become Research Scientists are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $95K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Executive Directors and Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach $72K and $67K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators who make an average of around $35K.


Wilmington, Del. is a hub for UD graduates — a large number call this city home. New York, N.Y. is also a common destination for UD grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of about $75K. Relative to other popular cities, Newark ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is $51K); however, University of Delaware grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Alumni express interest in Philadelphia, Pa. and Washington, DC as well.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for UD grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration (average earnings climb to $140K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services (HS) are the lowest of the pack, earning approximately $37K.


UD grads are usually competent in Project Management, and around one in eight alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Operations Management translates into above-average pay for former Fightin' Blue Hens — they earn 55 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in five survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of former students take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Health coverage is awarded to a large number of graduates, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of alumni as well. University of Delaware grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Rutgers University pick up average paychecks of around $63K, which is closest to the amount made by UD grads among similar schools. The University of Maryland-College Park, CUNY Graduate School and University Center, and Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus are also similar to UD.

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