Average Salary for University of South Florida - Main Campus Alumni

Around 31,000 people attend the University of South Florida, a institution based in Tampa, Fla. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Bulls!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. This report is based on the answers of USF graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus Alumni

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Marketing Manager
11 salaries
Operations Manager
11 salaries
Civil Engineer
9 salaries
Software Engineer
9 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
8 salaries
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
8 salaries
Senior Accountant
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 874

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About This School

4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620-9951

University of South Florida-Main Campus, university of south florida, USF, University of South Florida (USF)


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The USF alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the education industry, the engineering services industry, and the financial services industry. A large chunk of former USF students are employed in the health care industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. USF graduates see an average starting salary of around $56K.


The biggest paychecks among USF alumni are earned by Family Nurse Practitioners — these former students make a median salary of $91K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (about $81K) and Marketing Managers ($68K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Civil Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of approximately $51K.


Upon earning their degrees, many USF grads prefer to remain in Tampa; in fact, over a third of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. The top-paying city popular with USF alumni is Atlanta, Ga., which offers a median salary of $79K. Though Sarasota, Fla. takes the cake for lowest pay among USF grads (the median salary is $48K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other cities of interest among USF alumni include nearby St. Petersburg, Fla. and Clearwater, Fla.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) from USF can rake in a whopping average $92K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) — their annual income amounts to around $33K on average.


Around a seventh of USF grads wind up using Microsoft Office at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Operations Management commands a pay premium of 59 percent for former Bulls. Other prime know-hows include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-third of alumni, respectively). For this school, most graduates are the recipients of health benefits, and a majority of graduates pick up dental plans, too. Most survey participants take advantage of a 401(k) plan. University of South Florida grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $56K for University of South Carolina alumni, making their earnings most comparable to USF grads. Other schools similar to USF include the University of Florida, Florida State University, and Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1590 1870
ACT Scores 23 28

Key Stats for University of South Florida - Main Campus


51 %
49 %
$33,761 - $73,402
$39,407 - $89,497
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 227 votes.
$34,855 - $76,404
$38,322 - $84,451
$34,487 - $72,947
$30,606 - $76,220
$35,745 - $71,837

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