Average Salary for University of Maryland - College Park Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the University of Maryland, a university based in College Park, Md.. The school is ranked in the top 9 percent of universities by return on investment. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Maryland - College Park Alumni

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Software Engineer
30 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
9 salaries
Financial Analyst
9 salaries
Fire Protection Engineer
9 salaries
9 salaries
Marketing Coordinator
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,161
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About This School

College Park, MD 20742

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The UMD alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the software development industry, the consulting industry, and the aerospace and defense industry. The majority of UMD alumni wind up in IT services. Following graduation, UMD students earn an average of $70K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $78K per year compared to females' $63K.


The most lucrative professionals among UMD alumni are Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $89K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at approximately $80K and about $75K, respectively, are Fire Protection Engineers and Mechanical Engineers. Sliding in near the bottom are Librarians, who report earnings of around $49K.


Washington, DC is a hub for UMD graduates — a large number call this city home. It is also not uncommon to find former UMD students living and working in Mclean, Va. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $80K. UMD alumni in Bethesda, Md. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at around $61K. UMD alumni express interest in nearby Baltimore, Md. and New York, N.Y. as well.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for UMD grads with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) (average earnings climb to approximately $120K per year). A B.A. in English Language is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $44K.


Former Terrapins who have experience with Java can expect to make 28 percent more than other alumni ($89K on average). Proficiency in Project Management is common among UMD alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, approximately one in six former students report doing so. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of grads, and a large number of alums report health coverage. Most graduates save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. University of Maryland grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Virginia graduates, who earn $71K on average, make a similar amount to UMD grads. Other schools similar to UMD include the University of Delaware, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

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Key Stats for University of Maryland - College Park


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Job Satisfaction

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