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. Often heralded for its athletics, the University of Illinois at Urbana also offers a top-notch curriculum. The data for this snapshot was collected from UIUC graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Alumni

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Software Engineer
96 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
60 salaries
Project Engineer
40 salaries
Structural Engineer
37 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
37 salaries
Civil Engineer
31 salaries
Electrical Engineer
30 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,505

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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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Former UIUC students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the aerospace and defense industry, the engineering services industry, and the software development industry. The most popular field is the consulting industry. The average salary for a grad from the UIUC is approximately $73K.


In the UIUC alumni professional community, Marketing Directors make the highest median pay (about $125K), though Engineering Senior Project Managers (around $119K), and Aerospace Engineers ($81K) are close competitors. Electrical Engineers pick up $59K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Many UIUC grads flock to Chicago, Ill. New York, N.Y. is another hot spot for UIUC grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $105K). Springfield, Ill. is a popular spot for former UIUC students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $50K. UIUC alumni express interest in nearby Peoria, Ill. and St. Louis, Mo. as well.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid UIUC alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Biology — they earn close to about $131K on average per year. Those with a B.A. in Economics face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $55K per year.


Project Management is a popular skill among UIUC alumni, with about a fifth of grads reporting using it on the job. Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for former Fighting Illini — they earn 46 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for a little less than half of the former students, but only one in three grads are rewarded with paid sick leave. A large number of respondents save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to most respondents, and a fair number of graduates also receive dental coverage. University of Illinois at Urbana alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Purdue University graduates, who earn approximately $76K on average, make a similar amount 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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