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

The University of Illinois at Urbana is a school located in Champaign, Ill. with around 33,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 9 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports occupy center stage in student life (Go Fighting Illini!), but academics are extremely important, too. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
47 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
26 salaries
Electrical Engineer
25 salaries
Project Engineer
24 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
21 salaries
Civil Engineer
16 salaries
Structural Engineer
15 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,818

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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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The consulting industry, the software development industry, and the financial services industry are just a few of the areas in which the UIUC grads find work. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. UIUC graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $71K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $62K on average compared to $77K for male graduates.


UIUC grads who become Senior Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $102K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers; their salaries approach $87K and around $71K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Design Architects; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $60K.


Many UIUC students are Chicago, Ill.-bound following college. San Jose, Calif. is another hot spot for UIUC grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to around $106K). University of Illinois at Urbana grads are so loyal to Champaign that a sizable number choose to stay after graduating, despite median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($55K). St. Louis, Mo. is also a top pick, as is New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid UIUC alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) — they earn close to $102K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Advertising (about $49K on average annually).


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. C++ commands a pay premium of 26 percent for former Fighting Illini. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in four survey participants for sick time. A large number of alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Most former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of survey participants receive dental plans, too. 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

Purdue University graduates, who earn $73K 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.

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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$46,890 - $102,551
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Job Satisfaction

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