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. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Flames!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Staff Accountant
13 salaries
Electrical Engineer
8 salaries
Software Developer
7 salaries
Design Architect
7 salaries
Software Engineer
7 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
6 salaries
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 642
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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 work in a variety of sectors including the financial services industry, the software development industry, and the manufacturing industry. The most popular field is the health care industry. UIC graduates see an average starting salary of $66K.


Among UIC alumni, those working as Electrical Engineers and Software Engineers report the highest median pay of around $74K, followed by Senior Financial Analysts at approximately $70K. Salaries are anything but generous for Architectural Designers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $42K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many UIC alumni (approximately half of) end up finding permanent jobs in Chicago. Deerfield, Ill. is another hot spot for UIC grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $90K). On the other hand, UIC alumni who end up in Schaumburg, Ill. receive the lowest median salary of $61K. Alumni express interest in San Francisco, Calif. and Naperville, Ill. as well.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid UIC alumni are those with a medical degree — they earn close to about $150K on average per year. Those holding a B.A. in Sociology are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $41K on average per year.


Project Management is a common skill among UIC alumni — roughly one in seven grads mention using it at work. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 10 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $73K). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. Health insurance benefits extend to most grads, and a strong majority of grads sign up for dental plans. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of grads contribute to a 401(k). Additional benefits handed to University of Illinois at Chicago alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Iowa State University grads is $64K, 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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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Illinois at Chicago


47 %
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$38,636 - $82,123
$44,061 - $93,342
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 169 votes.
$39,660 - $81,442
$36,492 - $119,831
$43,448 - $85,000
$67,146 - $100,229
$68,672 - $80,673

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