University of Florida (UF) Alumni Average Salary

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the University of Florida, a university based in Gainesville, Fla.. The school is ranked in the top 12 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports are a large part of student life at the University of Florida; however, academics are also very important (standardized test scores are high) and many students express interest in elementary education, one of the most popular majors here. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
18 salaries
Financial Analyst
15 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
14 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
12 salaries
Senior Project Manager, Construction
11 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,109
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About This School

355 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-3115


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

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Graduates of the UF head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the financial services industry, the education industry, and the software development industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The aerospace and defense industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UF is about $68K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of around $59K whereas the men's median is $75K.


The most generous salaries among UF alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to $117K, followed by Construction Senior Project Managers (approximately $94K) and Software Engineers ($79K). Financial Analysts pick up $65K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Home to a large number of UF alums, Orlando, Fla. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. In addition, former UF students often head to Atlanta, Ga. after graduating, where the median salary comes to about $92K in this top-paying city. Though median pay is subpar (approximately $49K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Gainesville after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Other common destinations for UF grads include close-by Tampa, Fla. and Jacksonville, Fla.

Degree Major

UF grads who hold a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $117K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is an Associate's Degree ($43K on average annually).


Nearly one-sixth of UF grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. For former Gators, proficiency in Java warrants a paycheck that is 36 percent more than other alumni salaries. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of survey participants opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. It is no small feat that a large number of graduates are given health coverage, and more than half of alums accept dental insurance. 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

Compensation averages $67K for University of Houston alumni, making their earnings most comparable to UF grads. 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 2040
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats for University of Florida (UF)


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