Average Salary for University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni

Around 17,000 undergrads attend the University of Illinois at Chicago, a school in Chicago, Ill.. The school sits in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Staff Accountant
10 salaries
Electrical Engineer
8 salaries
Design Architect
7 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
5 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Software Developer
5 salaries
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About This School

601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The UIC alumni can most commonly be found in the financial services industry, the manufacturing industry, and the health care services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. Graduates of the UIC earn $66K on average.


Former UIC students with an interest in making money consider becoming Electrical Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $74K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Engineers ($72K) and Software Developers (around $68K). Staff Accountants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning about $45K.


UIC students enjoy their time in Chicago, and nearly one-half of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. It is also not uncommon to find former UIC students living and working in San Francisco, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $100K. UIC alumni in Schaumburg, Ill. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at approximately $61K. Close-by Naperville, Ill. and Vernon Hills, Ill. are also desirable cities among UIC alumni.

Degree Major

Former Flames who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn a median salary of $150K per year. A B.A. in Sociology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $41K.


Former Flames with Engineering Design abilities can expect to make 11 percent more than their former classmates (approximately $73K). Roughly one in six grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. Most former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of grads receive dental plans, too. Most alumni report contributing to a 401(k). University of Illinois at Chicago alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Iowa State University grads (who make an average of around $64K) earn salaries most similar to UIC alumni. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University-Main Campus, and Michigan State University are also similar to UIC.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1000 1240
ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats for University of Illinois at Chicago


46 %
54 %
$38,999 - $82,354
$43,141 - $93,439

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 159 votes.
$39,631 - $81,460
$60,500 - $122,449
$42,729 - $88,437
$50,421 - $108,090
$72,710 - $81,389

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