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

Ranked in the top 9 percent of universities by return on investment, the University of Illinois at Urbana is a university based in Champaign, Ill., and it's home to around 33,000 undergraduates. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the UIUC grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Software Engineer
119 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
77 salaries
Project Engineer
47 salaries
Structural Engineer
44 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
42 salaries
Electrical Engineer
39 salaries
Civil Engineer
36 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,181

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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 go into the engineering services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the software development industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the consulting industry. Graduates of the UIUC earn around $72K on average.


UIUC grads who become Marketing Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average about $158K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Engineering Senior Project Managers and Aerospace Engineers; their salaries approach $119K and $81K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Mechanical Engineers — they bring in approximately $64K.


Home to a large number of UIUC alums, Chicago, Ill. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. The top-paying city popular with UIUC alumni is New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of $107K. On the other end, UIUC grads flock to Springfield, Ill., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $50K. Nearby Peoria, Ill. and St. Louis, Mo. also rank high on the list of cities for UIUC grads.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science (MS), Biology from UIUC can rake in a whopping average $131K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Master of Architecture (MArch) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $40K.


UIUC alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with close to one-fifth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. For former Fighting Illini, proficiency in Budget Management warrants a paycheck that is 49 percent more than other alumni salaries. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly less than half of the respondents are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one in four survey participants get paid sick leave. For this school, a large number of alums are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of alumni pick up dental plans, too. Most former students opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. University of Illinois at Urbana alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Purdue University grads (who make an average of approximately $76K) earn salaries most similar to UIUC alumni. 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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