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

Around 32,000 people attend the University of Illinois at Urbana, a public research institution based in Champaign, Ill. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. This report is based on the answers of UIUC graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Details


601 E John Street
Champaign, IL 61820-5711

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University Of Illinois

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State Schools, Research Universities, Party Schools, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

84 %


26 %

% Stay In State:

65 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

20 %
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Graduates of the UIUC go into the software development industry, the financial services industry, and the consulting industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of UIUC alumni wind up in the education industry. Graduates of UIUC typically earn approximately $72K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn about $77K per year compared to females' around $62K.


The UIUC alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $103K. Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $85K and $71K. Salaries are anything but generous for Civil Engineers, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $64K.


The most popular destination for former UIUC students is Chicago. In addition, former UIUC students often head to San Francisco after graduating, where typical salaries come to $93K in this top-paying city. Though median pay is subpar ($59K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Champaign after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Other cities of interest include St. Louis and New York.


The highest paychecks can be found at Apple Computer, Inc, where some UIUC grads go to work for pay averaging about $128K. In contrast, alums who work at AON Corporation face the lowest salaries at $50K on average.

Degree Major

A Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) will compensate UIUC grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in approximately $109K per year. Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Psychology are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $49K per year.


UIUC alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with nearly one in six grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. C++ commands a pay premium of 21 percent for former Fighting Illini. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. The greater part of alums report contributing to a 401(k). Health benefits extend to a solid majority of alumni, and most former students also receive dental coverage. University of Illinois at Urbana graduates also take advantage of 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 around $73K, which is closest to the amount made by UIUC grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to UIUC include Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Cincinnati-Main Campus.

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SAT Scores 1800 2150
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats



36 %

female alumni


64 %

male alumni
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$46,465 - $103,030

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