Average Salary for University of Maryland - College Park Alumni

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than the University of Maryland. It is a university based in College Park, Md. that is ranked in the top 9 percent of universities by return on investment. 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

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
32 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
15 salaries
Senior Accountant
12 salaries
Financial Analyst
11 salaries
Marketing Manager
11 salaries
11 salaries
Fire Protection Engineer
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,474

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About This School

College Park, MD 20742

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Graduates of the UMD are found working in a number of different fields including the consulting industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the software development industry. The most popular professional field seems to be IT services. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UMD is $70K.


In the UMD alumni community, men make a median salary of $78K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $62K.


Former UMD students with an interest in making money consider becoming Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to about $89K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Fire Protection Engineers ($83K) and Mechanical Engineers (around $76K). On the lower end, Librarians report making approximately $48K.


Washington, DC is a hot spot for UMD alum. It is also not uncommon to find former UMD students living and working in Arlington, Va. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $87K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with UMD alumni is Bethesda, Md., which offers a median salary of approximately $61K. Close-by Baltimore, Md. and New York, N.Y. are also desirable cities among UMD alumni.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) earns UMD students the most money after college (an average $100K per year). A B.A. in English Language offers the lowest median annual financial reward (around $43K).


Project Management is a common skill among UMD alumni — around a sixth of grads mention using it at work. For former Terrapins, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 18 percent more than other alumni salaries. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, 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. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of alumni contribute to a 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of survey participants, and a strong majority of grads sign up for dental plans. Other benefits that University of Maryland alumni receive are 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


43 %
57 %
$38,636 - $85,089
$45,593 - $109,370
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 331 votes.
$54,241 - $107,000
$54,653 - $90,500
$47,674 - $81,000
$59,008 - $111,750
$56,400 - $115,500
$42,946 - $89,551
$44,307 - $103,225
$39,335 - $92,776
$40,608 - $101,736

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