University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Average Salary

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. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the UIC grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
36 salaries
Project Engineer
28 salaries
Financial Analyst
23 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
23 salaries
Operations Manager
18 salaries
Electrical Engineer
18 salaries
Staff Accountant
18 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,020
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About This School

601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of the UIC head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the consulting industry, the health care services industry, and the architectural services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of UIC alumni wind up in the financial services industry. Graduates of the UIC earn $66K on average.


Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid UIC alumni, making $87K on average every year, though Project Engineers (around $81K), and Electrical Engineers ($74K) are not far behind. Staff Accountants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning approximately $49K.


Chicago, Ill. keeps the largest number of UIC grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation (about $63K). For those seeking more money, San Francisco, Calif. is a popular destination for former UIC students; median pay is $120K. Close-by Naperville, Ill. and Washington, DC are also desirable cities among UIC alumni.

Degree Major

Former Flames who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) and earn a median salary of $140K per year. A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Industrial Design (ID) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of approximately $45K.


UIC grads are usually competent in Project Management, and just under a fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Former Flames who have experience with Operations Management can expect to make 45 percent more than other alumni ($96K on average). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fifth of alumni get sick time. Most alums report contributing to a 401(k). Dental insurance applies to a fair number of grads, and most former students report health coverage. University of Illinois at Chicago alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Iowa State University grads report the most similar salaries to UIC alums, earning about $66K on average. Other schools similar to UIC include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University-Main Campus, and Michigan State University.

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Key Stats for University of Illinois at Chicago


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$39,580 - $81,684
$40,048 - $94,913
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
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10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
$38,100 - $83,751
$62,000 - $108,000
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