Average Salary for University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is a university based in Chicago, Ill. that is ranked 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. Replies from former UIC students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Staff Accountant
13 salaries
Software Engineer
8 salaries
Design Architect
8 salaries
Electrical Engineer
8 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
7 salaries
Software Developer
7 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 693

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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 belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the manufacturing industry, the financial services industry, and the software development industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. Starting salaries of about $65K are the median among UIC grads.


UIC grads who become Senior Financial Analysts are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $76K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Electrical Engineers and Software Engineers; their salaries approach $74K and $72K, respectively. Staff Accountants pick up around $45K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many UIC alumni remain in Chicago after graduation; around half of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. Boston, Mass. is another hot spot for UIC grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to approximately $128K). Schaumburg, Ill. is a popular spot for former UIC students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $61K. Close-by Naperville, Ill. and San Francisco, Calif. are also desirable cities among UIC alumni.

Degree Major

A graduate with a medical degree from UIC can rake in a whopping average about $150K per year, more than any other degree from this school. 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 $40K.


Knowledge of Budget Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 19 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($77K). Proficiency in Project Management is common among UIC alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, about one in seven former students report doing so. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills 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 enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of graduates receive dental plans, too. Most respondents plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. University of Illinois at Chicago graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Iowa State University graduates, who earn $64K on average, make a similar amount to UIC grads. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University-Main Campus, and Michigan State University are also similar to UIC.

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 %
$38,300 - $82,260
$42,950 - $93,249
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 204 votes.
$39,820 - $81,700
$36,492 - $119,831
$38,255 - $90,612
$42,282 - $81,389
$67,146 - $100,229

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