University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Average Salary

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a university based in Chicago, Ill.. The school is ranked in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Flames!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
42 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
31 salaries
Project Engineer
25 salaries
Financial Analyst
24 salaries
Civil Engineer
19 salaries
Software Developer
18 salaries
Operations Manager
17 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,045

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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the engineering services industry, the architectural and engineering services industry, and the health care industry. Among UIC grads, the consulting industry is a commonly chosen career field. Median pay for those who graduated from the UIC amounts to $70K.


The biggest paychecks among UIC alumni are earned by Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $116K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Senior Software Engineers ($100K) and Senior Financial Analysts (approximately $68K). Paralegals pick up about $44K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


It is typical for many UIC grads (the larger part of former students) to remain in Chicago, Ill., which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is $62K). On the flipside, UIC grads seeking above-average pay can find soaring salaries in Schaumburg, Ill. where median pay is around $102K.

Degree Major

A Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) will compensate UIC grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $140K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) — their annual income amounts to approximately $45K on average.


Operations Management commands a pay premium of 39 percent for former Flames. Proficiency in Project Management is common among UIC alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, slightly more than a fifth of former students report doing so. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, 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 four survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of grads receive health insurance, and more than half of survey participants get dental coverage. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of graduates contribute to a 401(k). Other benefits awarded to University of Illinois at Chicago alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for Iowa State University grads is around $70K, making their salaries most similar to those of UIC grads. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University-Main Campus, and Michigan State University are also similar to UIC.

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Key Stats for University of Illinois at Chicago


39 %
61 %
$39,513 - $83,279
$35,146 - $119,737

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$34,360 - $88,738

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