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

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than the University of Illinois at Urbana. It is a university based in Champaign, Ill. that is ranked in the top 9 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have a dominant presence on campus, but study habits are taken seriously as well, and students report above-average test scores. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the UIUC grads who participated in 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
32 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Project Engineer
11 salaries
Structural Engineer
11 salaries
Research Scientist
10 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
10 salaries
Electrical Engineer
9 salaries
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601 E John Street
Champaign, IL 61820-5711

University Of Illinois


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

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The UIUC alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the financial services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the software development industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the consulting industry. Those with an education from the UIUC earn an average of $72K.


Male graduates of UIUC out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of approximately $77K versus $63K for women.


The most lucrative professionals among UIUC alumni are Senior Mechanical Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of about $102K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $100K and around $89K, respectively, are Senior Software Engineers and Software Engineers. Mechanical Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $67K.


Chicago, Ill. is a hub for UIUC graduates — a large number call this city home. UIUC grads also flock to San Jose, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $105K). Many former Fighting Illini can't resist staying in Champaign after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($58K). Graduates also relocate to St. Louis, Mo. and New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) will compensate UIUC grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $124K on average per year. Those holding a B.A. in Communication are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $48K on average per year.


Former Fighting Illini with Product Development experience garner salaries that are 28 percent more than other grads' salaries. Project Management is a popular skill among UIUC alumni, with just under a fifth of grads reporting using it on the job. 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 coverage is awarded to most alumni, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of alumni as well. A large number of grads set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). University of Illinois at Urbana grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $73K for Purdue University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to UIUC grads. 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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$38,140 - $82,656
$46,525 - $102,853
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 281 votes.
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