Average Salary for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Alumni

Around 33,000 undergrads attend the University of Illinois at Urbana, a school in Champaign, Ill.. The school sits in the top 9 percent of universities by return on investment. It would be a misnomer to cast the University of Illinois at Urbana as a die-hard sports school only: University of Illinois at Urbana students study hard as they cheer on the Fighting Illini. History majors are among the most popular majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana, and the university is home to some of the brightest students in the country. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Alumni

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Software Engineer
46 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
25 salaries
Project Engineer
23 salaries
Electrical Engineer
22 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
18 salaries
Design Architect
15 salaries
Civil Engineer
15 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,701

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About This School

601 E John Street
Champaign, IL 61820-5711

University Of Illinois



State School, Research University, Party School, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of the UIUC work in a variety of sectors including the education industry, the financial services industry, and the software development industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the consulting industry. Former UIUC graduates bring in $71K on average.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $62K per year compared to men, who earn approximately $77K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid UIUC alumni, making $101K on average every year, though Software Engineers ($87K), and Electrical Engineers (about $71K) are not far behind. Structural Engineers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at around $62K.


Chicago, Ill. is a hot spot for UIUC alum. San Jose, Calif. is another hot spot for UIUC grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $107K). University of Illinois at Urbana pride remains intact long after college is over, and many former students choose to live in Champaign despite the city offering some of the lowest median pay ($55K). St. Louis, Mo. is also a top pick, as is New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) from UIUC can rake in a whopping average about $110K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Bachelor of Science in Advertising commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of around $49K.


Project Management is a popular skill among UIUC alumni, with just under one in five workers reporting using it on the job. Former Fighting Illini who have experience with C++ can expect to make 24 percent more than other alumni ($89K on average). Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of respondents, and a large number of respondents report health coverage. Most respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. University of Illinois at Urbana alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Purdue University grads bring in salaries of around $73K, making them the most similar to UIUC alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to UIUC include Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Cincinnati-Main Campus.

Test Scores

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SAT Scores 1840 2120
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)


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63 %
$38,092 - $83,337
$47,194 - $103,085
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 400 votes.
$49,807 - $81,770
$56,993 - $81,389
$87,356 - $112,596
$41,760 - $93,652
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$47,206 - $86,887
$43,254 - $106,592
$75,173 - $134,978

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