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

Attending the University of Texas at Austin, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Austin, Texas, and it is ranked in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment. In addition to being a sports-centric university, the University of Texas at Austin boasts above-average test scores, and math is the most common degree earned by alumni of this school. The data for this snapshot was collected from UT Austin graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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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
26 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
25 salaries
Marketing Manager
25 salaries
Financial Analyst
24 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
19 salaries
Petroleum Engineer
16 salaries
Electrical Engineer
15 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,171

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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

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The UT Austin alumni can most commonly be found in IT services, the education industry, and the financial services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The software development industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. The average salary for a grad from the UT Austin is $71K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average around $82K per year compared to females' $59K.


UT Austin grads who become Petroleum Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average approximately $108K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Software Engineers and Software Engineers; their salaries approach $101K and $84K, respectively. Financial Analysts face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at about $61K.


UT Austin students enjoy their time in Austin, and about a third of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. In addition, former UT Austin students often head to San Francisco, Calif. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $85K in this top-paying city. New York, N.Y. is a popular spot for former UT Austin students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $62K. Graduates of UT Austin also relocate to Houston, Texas, which is not far away, and Dallas, Texas.

Degree Major

A graduate with a law degree from UT Austin can rake in a whopping average around $117K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations (PR) are the lowest of the pack, earning $40K.


Roughly one in seven UT Austin grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Competency in Java translates into above-average pay for former Longhorns — they earn 25 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of former students, and most grads report health coverage. A large number of survey participants opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits that University of Texas at Austin alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of Arkansas grads report the most similar salaries to UT Austin alums, earning approximately $73K on average. Texas A & M University-College Station, the University of Houston, and Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College 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


44 %
56 %
$36,260 - $82,061
$45,239 - $113,096
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 502 votes.
$51,289 - $139,162
$46,309 - $123,347
$69,344 - $113,003
$36,999 - $92,183
$43,582 - $106,621
$41,418 - $101,449
$38,302 - $95,431
$40,851 - $97,314

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