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

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a public research university based in Lafayette, La. that is home to around 15,000 undergraduates. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
7 salaries
Product Engineering Manager
6 salaries
Administrative Assistant
5 salaries
4 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
4 salaries
Software Developer
4 salaries
Staff Accountant
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294

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About This School

104 University Circle
Lafayette, LA 70503

University of Louisiana (UL)



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The UL Lafayette alumni can most commonly be found in clinical care, the oil and gas exploration industry, and the support activities for oil and gas operations industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The oil and gas field services industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. The least popular industry for former UL Lafayette students is the engineering services industry — less than two percent of these people end up working in this field. UL Lafayette graduates see an estimated starting salary of $60K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $49K where the average male graduate hauls home approximately $75K.


The most lucrative professionals among UL Lafayette alumni are Product Engineering Managers; they earn a median annual salary of $100K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at about $72K and around $69K are Engineering Project Managers and Software Engineers. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Administrative Assistants; alumni in this role face average salaries of $29K.


UL Lafayette alumni typically remain in Lafayette, the city they've grown to love, after graduation, and more than two-fifths of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. The top-paying city popular with UL Lafayette alumni is Houston, which offers median salaries of around $97K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among UL Lafayette grads is Broussard (median compensation is $51K). Nearby Baton Rouge is also a top pick for UL Lafayette grads, as is New Orleans.


Former UL Lafayette students head to Chevron Corporation for above-average paychecks of about $98K. In contrast, below-average pay is the norm at Frank's Casing Crew; median compensation there comes out to $60K.

Degree Major

A Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) leads to the highest pay for UL Lafayette grads ($113K per year). A B.A. in Communication commands less pay, and these degree-holders face salaries of $34K.


UL Lafayette alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with approximately one-seventh of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. For former Ragin' Cajuns, proficiency in People Management warrants a paycheck that is 47 percent more than other alumni salaries. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just half of the alumni report compensation for sick days and only one in three grads get vacation time. A solid majority of former students plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. The greater part of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a majority of grads receive dental plans, too. University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Wichita State University grads bring in salaries of around approximately $61K, making them the most similar to UL Lafayette alumni in terms of earnings. The University of New Orleans, the University of South Alabama, and Jackson State 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


39 %
61 %
$28,820 - $64,338
$40,185 - $104,000
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 147 votes.
$60,000 - $101,384
$47,300 - $68,986
$60,000 - $167,463
$32,524 - $73,289
$49,977 - $123,278
$29,883 - $89,671
$39,375 - $88,437
$30,639 - $103,593

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