Average Salary for University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette Alumni

Around 15,000 people attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a institution based in Lafayette, La. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Ragin' Cajuns!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. The data for this snapshot was collected from UL Lafayette graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
7 salaries
Product Engineering Manager
5 salaries
Software Developer
4 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
4 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
3 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
3 salaries
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277

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About This School

104 University Circle
Lafayette, LA 70503

University of Louisiana (UL)



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

45 %

13 %

74 %

37 %

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Professionally, clinical care, the support activities for oil and gas operations industry, and the oil drilling, pump, and oilfield supplies manufacturing industry are popular business areas among the UL Lafayette alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the oil and gas field services industry. On the other end of the spectrum is energy, which attracts less than two percent of UL Lafayette alumni. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UL Lafayette is about $59K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $49K whereas the men's median is $74K.


In the UL Lafayette alumni professional community, Product Engineering Managers make the highest median pay ($100K), though Software Developers and Engineering Project Managers (both at $72K) are close competitors. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Administrative Assistants; alumni in this role face average salaries of around $27K.


UL Lafayette students enjoy their time in Lafayette, and about one-half of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. It is also not uncommon to find former UL Lafayette students living and working in Houston, Texas — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of approximately $96K. On the other end, UL Lafayette grads flock to Baton Rouge, La., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $51K. Graduates of UL Lafayette also relocate to New Orleans, La., which is not far away, and Dallas, Texas.

Degree Major

Former Ragin' Cajuns who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) and earn a median salary of $113K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Communication ($33K on average annually).


UL Lafayette grads are usually competent in Project Management, and nearly one in six alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Former Ragin' Cajuns who have experience with People Management can expect to make 53 percent more than other alumni (about $91K on average). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly less than half of the respondents do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick time. For this school, most alumni are the recipients of health benefits, and the larger part of respondents pick up dental plans, too. A large number of graduates take advantage of a 401(k) plan. University of Louisiana at Lafayette grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $62K for University of New Orleans alumni, making their earnings most comparable to UL Lafayette grads. The University of South Alabama, Jackson State University, and Louisiana Tech University are also similar to UL Lafayette.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT critical reading score is not included.
940 1190
ACT Scores 21 25

Key Stats for University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette


41 %
59 %
$30,175 - $64,083
$39,183 - $101,860
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
$33,163 - $73,412
$46,564 - $123,844
$39,043 - $66,500
$30,588 - $90,612
$45,781 - $78,617

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