Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni Average Salary

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at Arizona State University, a university based in Tempe, Ariz.. The school is ranked in the top 17 percent of universities by return on investment. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Sun Devils!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. This report is based on the answers of ASU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Arizona State University (ASU) Median Salary by Job


Software Engineer
122 profiles

Mechanical Engineer
78 profiles

Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
64 profiles

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Electrical Engineer
58 profiles

Software Developer
54 profiles

Project Engineer
47 profiles

Operations Manager
46 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,991
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About This School

University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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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.

Degree Major

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.

Related Schools

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.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1030 1270
ACT Scores 23 28

Key Stats for Arizona State University (ASU)


41 %
59 %
$36,727 - $76,274
$43,386 - $92,585

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$37,560 - $80,159
$46,477 - $81,858
$33,276 - $83,524
$59,896 - $93,950
$65,000 - $114,996
$38,365 - $81,479
$45,302 - $82,762
$54,938 - $147,392
$70,000 - $110,000
$34,817 - $58,958

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