University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Average Salary

The University of Illinois at Chicago is a school located in Chicago, Ill. with around 17,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks 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. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
39 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
27 salaries
Project Engineer
27 salaries
Financial Analyst
21 salaries
Software Developer
18 salaries
Operations Manager
17 salaries
Electrical Engineer
17 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,984

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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 engineering services industry, the financial services industry, and the health care industry are just a few of the areas in which the UIC grads find work. The majority of UIC alumni wind up in the consulting industry. Those with an education from the UIC earn an average of $72K.


The UIC alumni who make the most are Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $116K. Senior Software Engineers and Senior Financial Analysts draw in a fair amount as well — $100K and about $69K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Paralegals, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $44K.


Despite handing out the worst average salary (around $66K), Chicago, Ill. holds on to its UIC student population, and slightly more than half of grads continue to reside in the city. For those seeking more money, Schaumburg, Ill. is a popular destination for former UIC students; median pay is approximately $102K.

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. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average about $45K per year.


Just under a fourth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Flames with Operations Management abilities can expect to make 35 percent more than their former classmates (around $98K). 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 in three grads get paid sick time. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of former students, and most former students report health coverage. A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. University of Illinois at Chicago graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

University of Wisconsin grads bring in salaries of around $72K, making them the most similar to UIC alumni in terms of earnings. Purdue University-Main Campus, Michigan State University, and the University of Iowa are also similar to UIC.

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Key Stats for University of Illinois at Chicago


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60 %
$39,780 - $82,473
$35,329 - $120,371
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 9 votes.
$35,752 - $81,205
$31,444 - $82,407
$52,500 - $143,889
$34,240 - $90,836
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