Average Salary for University of Texas (UT) - Austin Alumni

When it comes to ROI, The University of Texas at Austin, a public research school located in Austin, Texas, with around 40,000 students, ranks in the top 6 percent of universities — students enjoy incredible value for their tuition dollars. Most often cast as a die-hard sports school first, University of Texas (UT) - Austin students study hard as they cheer on the Longhorns. English is one of the most popular majors at University of Texas (UT) - Austin, and the student ranks boast SAT and ACT test scores well above average. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by UT Austin graduates who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Texas (UT) - Austin 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
35 salaries
Marketing Manager
30 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
29 salaries
Financial Analyst
25 salaries
Petroleum Engineer
19 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
19 salaries
Software Developer
18 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,494
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About This School

2400 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78712

The University of Texas At Austin, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas (UT) - Main Campus


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

79 %

24 %

77 %

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IT services, the education industry, and the financial services industry are just a few of the areas in which the UT Austin grads find work. The majority of UT Austin alumni wind up in the software development industry. UT Austin graduates see an estimated starting salary of approximately $71K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $58K where the average male graduate hauls home around $81K.


UT Austin grads who become Petroleum Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $109K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Attorneys and Senior Software Engineers; their salaries approach $107K and $101K, respectively. Marketing Managers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of about $59K in this job.


More often than not, UT Austin grads continue living in Austin (one-third of former students to be exact) even though average salaries here take last place on the pay scale (approximately $63K). Alternatively, San Francisco is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is $84K — which is an (obvious) draw for many UT Austin grads. In addition, UT Austin grads flock to neighboring Dallas as well as San Antonio.


For above-average pay, former UT Austin students find their way to Schlumberger — the company offers unbeatable salaries at $130K. One of the lowest-paying employers is the University of Texas (UT), where employees earn $39K on average.

Degree Major

A law degree will compensate UT Austin grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in around $117K per year. A Bachelor of Science in Radio/Television & Film Production offers the lowest annual financial reward ($45K).


Knowledge of Java seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 26 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $89K). UT Austin alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with nearly one-seventh of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

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 in four survey participants, respectively). A solid majority of survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Dental insurance applies to a fair portion of survey participants, and a strong majority of survey participants report health coverage. The University of Texas at Austin alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Compensation averages around $70K for Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College alumni, making their earnings most comparable to UT Austin grads. Texas A & M University-College Station, the University of Houston, and Mississippi State University are also similar to UT Austin.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1690 2060
ACT Scores 25 31

Key Stats for University of Texas (UT) - Austin


43 %
57 %
$35,610 - $80,452
$44,144 - $111,518
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 806 votes.
$52,711 - $134,559
$53,500 - $115,211
$46,629 - $140,000
$36,398 - $91,645
$42,693 - $103,212
$40,809 - $98,576
$38,939 - $95,223
$38,237 - $93,089

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