NAU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including clinical care, the steel product manufacturing industry, and the community mental health center industry. The most popular field is public K-12 education. The accounting, auditing and tax services industry is perhaps the least commonly worked industry among NAU grads, with less than five percent of former students experienced in this area. Despite the excellent SAT scores reported by NAU alumni, former students go on to earn relatively modest salaries. Starting salaries of about $49K are the median among NAU grads.
NAU grads who become Speech-Language Pathologists are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making a median salary of $75K yearly.
Many NAU students are Seattle, Wash.-bound following college. It is also not uncommon to find former NAU students living and working in Phoenix, Ariz. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of around $63K. Relative to other popular cities, Flagstaff ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is $47K); however, Northern Arizona University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Denver, Colo. and Boston, Mass. also rank high on the list of cities.
A graduate with a Bachelor's Degree from NAU can rake in a whopping average $51K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those holding a Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $46K on average per year.
Competency in Financial Reporting translates into above-average pay for former Lumberjacks — they earn 53 percent more than their fellow graduates. Microsoft Office is a popular skill among NAU alumni, with roughly a fourth of workers reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Operations Management, and Customer Service.
Benefits and Perks
Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A fair number of former students report contributing to a 401(k). A strong majority of graduates receive health insurance, and a majority of graduates get dental coverage. Northern Arizona University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as tuition reimbursement, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
University of Nevada graduates, who earn approximately $55K on average, make a similar amount to NAU grads. Other schools similar to NAU include San Diego State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Colorado Denver.