The University of Central Florida, a school in Orlando, Fla., has roughly 64,000 undergrads. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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  • Updated: 28 Sep 2019
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About This School

4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816

University of Central Florida


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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The UCF alumni can most commonly be found in the software development industry, the health care industry, and the education industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. Among UCF grads, the aerospace and defense industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average starting salary for a graduate of the UCF is about $54K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $63K per year compared to females' $51K.


UCF grads who become Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making $70K on average yearly. Mechanical Engineers are likewise ahead of the pack at around $63K a year. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Financial Analysts — they bring in approximately $51K.


Orlando, Fla. keeps the largest number of UCF grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation ($55K). For those seeking more money, Atlanta, Ga. is a popular destination for former UCF students; median pay is $68K. Close-by Melbourne, Fla. and Miami, Fla. are also desirable cities among UCF alumni.

Degree Major

A Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) leads to the highest pay for UCF grads (about $92K on average per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) ($42K on average annually).


Former Knights who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 23 percent more than other alumni ($67K on average). UCF grads are usually competent in Microsoft Excel, and roughly one in seven alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Customer Service are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. Health coverage is awarded to a strong majority of survey participants, and dental insurance is issued to a majority of the survey participants as well. A strong majority of alumni save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. University of Central Florida grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of South Florida grads (who make an average of approximately $52K) earn salaries most similar to UCF alumni. Other schools similar to UCF include the University of Alabama at Huntsville, North Dakota State University-Main Campus, and Montana State University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1590 1880
ACT Scores 24 28

Key Stats for University of Central Florida (UCF)


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