Samford University, a Baptist school in Birmingham, Ala., has roughly 3,000 undergrads. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 24 Aug 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 428
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About This School

800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229-2240


Private School, Religious, For Sports Fans

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Samford alumni can most commonly be found in clinical care, the retail pharmacy or drugstore industry, and the financial services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. Among Samford grads, the health care industry is a commonly chosen career field. Samford graduates see an average starting salary of approximately $56K.


Among Samford alumni, those working as Pharmacists report the highest median pay of $121K, followed by Clinical Pharmacists ($118K), and Family Nurse Practitioners ($84K). Software Developers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning around $49K.


Many Samford alumni remain in Birmingham after graduation; more than a third of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. Houston, Texas is another hot spot for Samford grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to about $74K). On the other hand, Samford alumni who end up in New York, N.Y. receive the lowest median salary of $48K. Nashville, Tenn. is also a common pick among Samford grads, along with Atlanta, Ga.

Degree Major

Former Bulldogs who fare the best in terms of salary hold an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and earn a median salary of $130K per year. Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Music in Bachelor of Music (BMus / BM) are the lowest of the pack, earning about $42K.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among Samford alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, less than ten percent of former students report doing so. For former Bulldogs, proficiency in Operations Management warrants a paycheck that is 34 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Microsoft Office are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Just one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and merely one in seven survey participants get paid sick time. Most survey participants report contributing to a 401(k). Most former students have medical plans, and the larger part of survey participants have dental insurance. Samford University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Charleston Southern University pick up average paychecks of $55K, which is closest to the amount made by Samford grads among similar schools. Freed-Hardeman University, Converse College, and Jacksonville University are also similar to Samford.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1490 1830
ACT Scores 23 29

Key Stats for Samford University


59 %
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$34,389 - $75,445
$38,947 - $99,328

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$33,166 - $73,950
$33,978 - $93,600
$35,000 - $96,317
$43,747 - $88,437
$42,729 - $89,547
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