Graduates of ASU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the health care industry, the semiconductor chip manufacturing industry, and the education industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The financial services industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Those with a degree from ASU make an average of $62K.
The biggest paychecks among ASU alumni are earned by Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $95K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to VPs of Sales & Marketing (around $78K) and Software Developers ($76K). Executive Assistants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of about $50K in this job.
Many ASU grads end up living in Phoenix, Ariz., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Another city that attracts a wealth of ASU grads is Los Angeles, Calif.; given its high compensation (approximately $87K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other end, ASU grads flock to Scottsdale, Ariz., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $40K. Nearby Tempe, Ariz. is also a top pick for ASU grads, as is New York, N.Y.
With a median annual earnings of $160K per year, former Sun Devils who have a Bachelor of Science in Accounting are the best paid among the alumni population. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in General Business ($39K on average annually).
Former Sun Devils with Engineering Design experience garner salaries that are 17 percent more than other grads' salaries. Many former ASU students are familiar with Microsoft Office, and approximately one in seven grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Experience with Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Operations Management is highly valued as well.
Benefits and Perks
Half of the respondents report receiving paid vacation days, but just one in three grads are paid for sick leave. A large number of former students have medical plans, and a fair number of former students have dental insurance. A large number of alums set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Additional perks enjoyed by Arizona State University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
Compensation averages around $62K for University of Oklahoma Norman Campus alumni, making their earnings most comparable to ASU grads. The University of Arizona, the University of California-San Diego, and the University of California-Riverside are also similar to ASU.