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Average Salary for University of Maryland - College Park Alumni

Around 27,000 undergrads attend the University of Maryland, a public research school in College Park, Md., grouped in the top 6 percent of universities by ROI, where they receive a great education with a lesser long-term cost. The school's students are known for their hard partying ways as well as their die-hard commitment to sports (Go Terrapins!). The figures in this overview come from the responses of UMD grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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ROI Rank for Public (Out-of-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Maryland - College Park Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
33 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
Senior Accountant
13 salaries
Fire Protection Engineer
12 salaries
11 salaries
Financial Analyst
11 salaries
Marketing Manager
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,575

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About This School

College Park, MD 20742

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State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The UMD alumni can most commonly be found in the aerospace and defense industry, the consulting industry, and the education industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular career sector among alumni is IT services. Following graduation, UMD students earn an average of $70K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes around $62K where the average male graduate hauls home $78K.


Among UMD alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of $112K, followed by Information Technology Project Managers ($98K), and Management Consultants (approximately $88K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Human Resources Managers — they bring in about $70K.


Washington, DC is filled with UMD grads. It is no surprise that Arlington, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is around $87K), is another of the most popular spots for former UMD students. Though Bethesda takes the cake for lowest pay among UMD grads (the median salary is $60K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Close-by Baltimore and New York are also desirable cities among UMD alumni.


Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is the top-paying employer among UMD graduates with an average salary of approximately $115K. In contrast, alums who work at RainKing Solutions face the lowest salaries at about $45K on average.

Degree Major

UMD students with a Doctorate (PhD) can expect to make the most money ($99K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Graduates holding a B.A. in English Language fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of $45K.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among UMD alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, about one in six former students report doing so. For former Terrapins, proficiency in Java warrants a paycheck that is 23 percent more than other alumni salaries. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

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-fourth of alumni for sick time. The greater part of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair portion of grads receive dental plans, too. A solid majority of alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Other benefits awarded to University of Maryland alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Virginia grads is $71K, making their salaries most similar to those of UMD grads. Other schools similar to UMD include the University of Delaware, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Test Scores

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Key Stats for University of Maryland - College Park


42 %
58 %
$38,443 - $85,411
$45,751 - $108,591
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 527 votes.
$42,381 - $89,611
$41,547 - $101,754
$39,160 - $91,396
$41,674 - $107,480

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