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Average Salary for University of Maryland - College Park Alumni

Positioned in the top 6 percent of universities by ROI, the University of Maryland — a public research school in College Park, Md., with around 27,000 undergraduate students — gives families an outstanding long-term payout. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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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 Maryland - College Park Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
52 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
23 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
15 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Manager
15 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
15 salaries
Fire Protection Engineer
14 salaries
Management Consultant
13 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,960
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University of Maryland - College Park Details

College Park, MD 20742

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Graduates of the UMD go into the aerospace and defense industry, the consulting industry, and the education industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. IT services registers as the most common industry among alumni. Typical pay for those who graduated from UMD amounts to $70K.


Male graduates do tend to earn more than female graduates; the first group banks about $77K per year, but the second group takes home only approximately $62K.


Among UMD alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of around $105K, followed by Information Technology Project Managers ($103K), and Software Engineers ($86K). Financial Analysts wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $63K.


Washington, DC is a hot spot for UMD alum. UMD grads also flock to Arlington, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is $89K). For comparison, the lowest paying city popular with UMD alumni is Bethesda, which offers median salaries of approximately $60K. UMD alumni express interest in nearby Baltimore and New York as well.


Former UMD students head to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for above-average paychecks of around $115K. Salaries are decidedly lower at Johns Hopkins University, though, where employees earn $43K on average.

Degree Major

UMD grads who hold a Doctorate (PhD) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $99K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in English Language tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making about $45K per year.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among UMD alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, close to one-sixth former students report doing so. Competency in Java translates into above-average pay for former Terrapins — they earn 22 percent more than their fellow graduates. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

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 in four survey participants for sick time. The greater part of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health insurance benefits extend to the greater part of graduates, and a fair portion of former students sign up for dental plans. University of Maryland alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Virginia pick up average paychecks of $71K, which is closest to the amount made by UMD grads among similar schools. The University of Delaware, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick are also similar to UMD.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
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ACT Scores

Key Stats

42 %
58 %
$38,655 - $85,197
$45,755 - $107,271
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 600 votes.
$42,861 - $87,460
$41,762 - $100,769
$39,584 - $92,810
$40,378 - $99,739

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