Average Salary for University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni

The University of Illinois at Chicago, a public research university based in Chicago, Ill., that is ranked in the top 21 percent of universities by ROI, gives students and parents great value for their tuition dollar. Enthusiasm for sports runs deep here (Go Flames!), and the urban location affords rich cultural experiences for the students. This report is based on the answers of UIC graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Staff Accountant
14 salaries
Software Engineer
11 salaries
Design Architect
10 salaries
Electrical Engineer
10 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
8 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Software Developer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 7 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 783

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About This School

601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

57 %

24 %

83 %

54 %

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The UIC alumni can most commonly be found in the manufacturing industry, the software development industry, and clinical care, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The health care industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Former UIC graduates tend to bring in around $67K.


Former UIC students with an interest in making money consider becoming Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to approximately $74K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Developers ($71K) and Mechanical Engineers ($67K). Staff Accountants face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $45K.


More often than not, UIC grads continue living in Chicago (one-half of former students to be exact) even though average salaries here take last place on the pay scale ($63K). However, UIC grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Boston — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of about $128K. In addition, grads flock to San Francisco as well as Naperville.


Former UIC students head to Sears Holdings Corporation for above-average paychecks of $62K. In contrast, alums who work at the University of Chicago face the lowest salaries at $55K on average. UIC is the top employer for former students with a median salary of about $58K.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for UIC grads with a medical degree (earnings climb to approximately $150K per year). A B.A. in Communication commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of around $43K.


For former Flames, proficiency in Budget Management warrants a paycheck that is 16 percent more than other alumni salaries. Project Management is a common skill among UIC alumni — about one in seven grads mention using it at work. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. The greater part of former students set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). The greater part of alums have medical plans, and a fair portion of alums have dental insurance. Graduates of University of Illinois at Chicago are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for Purdue University grads is $67K, making their salaries most similar to those of UIC grads. Other schools similar to UIC include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan State University, and the University of Iowa.

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 %
$38,394 - $82,100
$42,780 - $96,434
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 331 votes.
$44,710 - $72,980
$48,504 - $110,226
$46,250 - $187,000
$39,091 - $81,707
$46,978 - $117,916
$41,106 - $92,343
$45,780 - $84,095
$47,329 - $99,654

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