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

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the University of Texas at Austin, a university based in Austin, Texas. The school is ranked in the top 7 percent of universities by return on investment. Students at the University of Texas at Austin take pride in their sports teams, but they value strong coursework as well. In fact, math majors make up a large portion of the student body, and many alumni report high standardized test scores. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Texas (UT) - Austin Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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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
34 salaries
Marketing Manager
30 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
28 salaries
Financial Analyst
25 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
19 salaries
Petroleum Engineer
19 salaries
Software Developer
18 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,418

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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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Graduates of the UT Austin head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; IT services, the education industry, and the financial services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of UT Austin alumni wind up in the software development industry. Starting salaries of $71K are the median among UT Austin grads.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $59K whereas the men's median is approximately $82K.


Among UT Austin graduates, the biggest earners are Petroleum Engineers, who haul in around $110K on average. Next on the list are Senior Software Engineers and Software Engineers, bringing in about $101K and $81K, respectively. Financial Analysts face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $61K.


Graduates of UT Austin seem to enjoy living in Austin, and one in three grads wind up living and working there after graduation. It is also not uncommon to find former UT Austin students living and working in San Francisco, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $85K. On the other end, UT Austin grads flock to New York, N.Y., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $61K. Graduates of UT Austin also relocate to Houston, Texas, which is not far away, and Dallas, Texas.

Degree Major

A law degree leads to the highest pay for UT Austin grads (around $118K on average per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations (PR) are the lowest of the pack, earning about $40K.


Project Management is a common skill among UT Austin alumni — approximately one in seven grads mention using it at work. Competency in Java translates into above-average pay for former Longhorns — they earn 26 percent more than their fellow graduates. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. For this school, most graduates are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of respondents pick up dental plans, too. Most respondents plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. University of Texas at Austin graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Arkansas grads is $74K, making their salaries most similar to those of UT Austin grads. Other schools similar to UT Austin include Texas A & M University-College Station, the University of Houston, and Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.

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 %
$36,251 - $81,477
$44,917 - $112,863
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 535 votes.
$51,651 - $138,192
$46,629 - $140,000
$69,986 - $116,237
$36,610 - $92,313
$43,639 - $106,023
$41,219 - $101,631
$38,552 - $93,472
$40,268 - $96,229

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