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

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the University of Illinois at Urbana, a university based in Champaign, Ill.. The school is ranked in the top 9 percent of universities by return on investment. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Fighting Illini!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. The figures in this overview come from the responses of UIUC grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Alumni

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Software Engineer
134 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
80 salaries
Project Engineer
50 salaries
Structural Engineer
45 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
41 salaries
Electrical Engineer
40 salaries
Civil Engineer
40 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,278

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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 engineering services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the insurance and financial services industry. The most popular field is the consulting industry. Starting salaries of $72K are the median among UIUC grads.


UIUC grads who become Presidents garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $168K annually. However, Engineering Senior Project Managers and Aerospace Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $119K and $81K, respectively). Sliding in near the bottom are Mechanical Engineers, who report earnings of $64K.


A large number of students head to Chicago, Ill. after college. The top-paying city popular with UIUC alumni is New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of around $110K. On the other end, UIUC grads flock to Peoria, Ill., which actually offers the weakest median salary of approximately $67K. Other popular cities include St. Louis, Mo. and Champaign, Ill.

Degree Major

UIUC grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Biology can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $131K per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor's Degree, Economics fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of approximately $48K.


About a fifth of UIUC grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Former Fighting Illini with Budget Management experience garner salaries that are 50 percent more than other grads' salaries. Competency in Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Roughly half of the graduates do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of former students set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). For this school, a large number of alums are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of former students pick up dental plans, too. University of Illinois at Urbana grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Missouri pick up average paychecks of $67K, which is closest to the amount made by UIUC grads among similar schools. Purdue University-Main Campus, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are also similar to UIUC.

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