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Average Salary for University of Florida (UF) Alumni

The University of Florida, a public research institution planted in Gainesville, Fla., with around 33,000 undergraduates, provides an excellent blend of education and price, strongly ranked in the top 9 percent of universities by ROI. While its reputation as a die-hard sports school is typically cited first, University of Florida (UF) students study hard as they cheer on the Gators. Elementary education is one of the most popular majors at University of Florida (UF), and the student ranks boast SAT and ACT test scores well above average. This synopsis is derived from the responses of former UF students who took PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Florida (UF) Details


355 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-3115


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State Schools, Research Universities, Party Schools, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

85 %


20 %

% Stay In State:

58 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

32 %
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Former UF students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the health care industry, the financial services industry, and the software development industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the aerospace and defense industry. The average salary for a grad from UF is $68K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn around $75K per year compared to females' approximately $58K.


UF grads who become Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $80K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Construction Project Managers and Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach $72K and about $70K, respectively. On the lower end, Financial Analysts report making $56K.


Those with a degree from UF often relocate to Orlando after college. It is also not uncommon to find former UF students living and working in Atlanta — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $83K. Relative to other popular cities, Gainesville ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is around $50K); however, University of Florida grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Neighboring Tampa is another common pick among UF grads, along with Jacksonville.


For above-average pay, former UF students find their way to Inc — the company offers unbeatable salaries at $125K. Student employment is high at University of Florida (UF) though paychecks are the smallest at approximately $47K.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for UF grads with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (earnings climb to $102K per year). A Bachelor of Science in Public Relations (PR) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of $46K.


UF grads are usually competent in Project Management, and around a sixth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Knowing Engineering Design can pay off big time for former Gators, who can expect a 11 percent bigger paycheck than other grads. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in three grads for sick time. Health benefits extend to the greater part of alumni, and a majority of alums also receive dental coverage. A strong majority of respondents take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Other benefits awarded to University of Florida alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Houston grads bring in salaries of around about $67K, making them the most similar to UF alumni in terms of earnings. Florida State University, the University of South Florida-Main Campus, and Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College are also similar to UF.

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Test Scores
Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1740 2030
ACT Scores 26 31

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