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

The University of Illinois at Urbana, a public research school in Champaign, Ill., has roughly 32,000 undergrads. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Alumni

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Software Engineer
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Mechanical Engineer
30 salaries
Electrical Engineer
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Project Engineer
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Senior Software Engineer
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Structural Engineer
17 salaries
Civil Engineer
16 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,984
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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 UIUC alumni can most commonly be found in the financial services industry, the consulting industry, and the software development industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular professional field seems to be the education industry. Those with an education from UIUC earn an average of around $72K.


Male graduates do tend to earn more than female graduates; the first group banks approximately $78K per year, but the second group takes home only $62K.


In the UIUC alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay ($102K), though Software Engineers (about $87K), and Electrical Engineers ($71K) are close competitors. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Design Architects, making an average of $58K.


Those with a degree from UIUC often relocate to Chicago after college. San Francisco is also a common destination for UIUC grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of approximately $92K. Many former Fighting Illini consider Champaign a second home, and it is typical to find a large population of former students living in the area despite its lower-than-average median pay (about $58K). St. Louis and New York also rank high on the list of cities.


For above-average pay, former UIUC students find their way to Apple Computer, Inc — the company offers unbeatable salaries at $128K. Salaries are anything but high at the University of Chicago, though, where average pay is $46K.

Degree Major

UIUC students with a Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) can expect to make the most money ($108K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. A Bachelor of Science in Psychology commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of $47K.


Former Fighting Illini who have experience with C++ can expect to make 19 percent more than other alumni (around $85K on average). Project Management is a popular skill among UIUC alumni, with roughly a sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). It is no small feat that the greater part of former students are given health coverage, and a fair portion of alums accept dental insurance. A solid majority of alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that University of Illinois at Urbana alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Purdue University grads (who make an average of $67K) earn salaries most similar to UIUC alumni. Other schools similar to UIUC include Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Cincinnati-Main Campus.

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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64 %
$36,872 - $83,405
$46,840 - $102,837
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1-4 years
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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