University of Virginia (UVA) - Main Campus Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Charlottesville, Va., the University of Virginia, a school, has a student population of roughly 16,000. Sports occupy center stage in student life (Go Cavaliers!), but academics are extremely important, too. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Software Engineer
35 salaries
Software Developer
26 salaries
Management Consultant
22 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
21 salaries
Marketing Manager
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Information Technology (IT) Consultant
17 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,723

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1827 University Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

University of Virginia (UVA)


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of the UVA go into IT services, the environmental consulting industry, and the consulting industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular career sector among alumni is the software services industry. Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are UVA grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores reported by this demographic. Former UVA graduates bring in about $78K on average.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $63K on average compared to around $87K for male graduates.


Former UVA students with an interest in making money consider becoming Construction Project Managers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to approximately $121K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Marketing Managers ($80K) and Aerospace Engineers ($73K). Salaries are anything but generous for Business Analysts, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $40K.


Home to a large number of UVA alums, Washington, DC is by far the most attractive city for these former students. UVA grads also flock to San Francisco, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $141K). Chicago, Ill. is a popular spot for former UVA students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at around $59K. Other cities of interest among UVA alumni include nearby Charlottesville, Va. and Arlington, Va.

Degree Major

A B.A. in Foreign Affairs earns UVA students the most money after college (an average $128K per year). Graduates holding a B.A. in International Relations fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of approximately $40K.


Former Cavaliers with Financial Analysis experience garner salaries that are 35 percent more than other grads' salaries. Many UVA grads have knowledge of Project Management, with approximately one in six alumni using this program on the clock. Experience with Data Analysis, Event Planning, and Financial Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Half of the former students do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick time. Most respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of survey participants receive dental plans, too. A large number of graduates opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. University of Virginia graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill grads (who make an average of $73K) earn salaries most similar to UVA alumni. Virginia Commonwealth University, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the University of Maryland-College Park are also similar to UVA.

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