Attending the University of Arizona, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Tucson, Ariz., and it is ranked in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment. The school is known for its strong athletic tradition (Go Wildcats!), and the urban environment gives students ample opportunity to discover new neighborhoods, restaurants, concerts, and more. This report is based on the responses of U of A graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

College ROI Report


20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

8.6 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

52 %

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University of Arizona Median Salary by Job


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  • Updated: 13 Apr 2019
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About This School

1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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The U of A alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the education industry, the health care industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The majority of U of A alumni wind up in the aerospace and defense industry. Starting salaries of approximately $65K are the median among U of A grads.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in around $74K after graduating from U of A, the average woman earns only $60K.


U of A grads who become Optical Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $82K annually. However, Electrical Engineers and Software Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $76K and $74K, respectively). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Data Analysts — they bring in $59K.


Many U of A alumni seem to stick around Tucson after wrapping up their studies; just under a fourth of grads remain to find permanent work. It is also not uncommon to find former U of A students living and working in Seattle, Wash. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of around $81K. U of A alumni in Scottsdale, Ariz. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at approximately $57K. U of A alumni express interest in nearby Phoenix, Ariz. and Los Angeles, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) leads to the highest pay for U of A grads ($102K on average per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) are the lowest of the pack, earning $49K.


Former Wildcats with Engineering Design experience garner salaries that are 26 percent more than other grads' salaries. Proficiency in Project Management is common among U of A alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, one-seventh of former students report doing so. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in five survey participants get paid sick time. Most respondents have medical plans, and a strong majority of alumni have dental insurance. Most former students participate in a 401(k) program. Graduates of University of Arizona are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $65K for University of California alumni, making their earnings most comparable to U of A grads. Arizona State University, the University of California-San Diego, and the University of California-Irvine are also similar to U of A.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1463 1820
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats for University of Arizona


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
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