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

The University of Illinois at Urbana is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Champaign, Ill., the school is ranked in the top 9 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics form the core of University of Illinois at Urbana social activity, but these students are also known for their studious nature and excellent test scores. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
36 salaries
Project Engineer
20 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
17 salaries
Electrical Engineer
17 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
16 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
13 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,331
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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the aerospace and defense industry, the financial services industry, and the software development industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the consulting industry. Former UIUC graduates bring in $72K on average.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $63K on average compared to $77K for male graduates.


The most generous salaries among UIUC alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to around $100K, followed by Software Engineers (approximately $88K) and Software Developers ($71K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Design Architects who make an average of about $63K.


Many UIUC students are Chicago, Ill.-bound following college. It is also not uncommon to find former UIUC students living and working in San Jose, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $107K. Many former Fighting Illini can't resist staying in Champaign after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (around $58K). St. Louis, Mo. and New York, N.Y. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

UIUC grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $114K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Communication — their annual income amounts to about $48K on average.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among UIUC alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, just under one in five former students report doing so. Knowledge of Product Development seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 26 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $91K). 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 in four survey participants receive sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to a large number of survey participants, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of respondents as well. Most survey participants participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Additional benefits handed to University of Illinois at Urbana alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Purdue University pick up average paychecks of $73K, which is closest to the amount made by UIUC grads among similar schools. Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Cincinnati-Main Campus are also similar to UIUC.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1840 2120
ACT Scores 26 31

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


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64 %
$38,232 - $83,541
$46,874 - $102,983
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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$42,575 - $106,629
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