The University of Cincinnati is a school located in Cincinnati, Ohio with around 28,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 13 percent of universities by return on investment. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. The data for this snapshot was collected from UC graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

8.1 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

56 %

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Jun 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,122
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About This School

2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0063

University of Cincinnati


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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The UC alumni can most commonly be found in clinical care, the manufacturing industry, and the architectural services industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. A large chunk of former UC students are employed in the health care industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Graduates of the UC earn approximately $62K on average.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $70K per year compared to females' $58K.


UC grads who become Electrical Engineers and Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in $72K on average annually. However, Software Developers don't do badly either at $70K. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Industrial Designers who make an average of about $54K.


Upon earning their degrees, many UC grads prefer to remain in Cincinnati; in fact, roughly one-half of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. It is no surprise that Chicago, Ill., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is around $77K), is another of the most popular spots for former UC students. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with UC alumni is Columbus, Ohio, which offers a median salary of $59K. Other popular cities for UC alumni include nearby Dayton, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for UC grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance (average earnings climb to about $102K per year). A Master of Social Work (MSW) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $48K.


People Management commands a pay premium of 30 percent for former Bearcats. Project Management is a popular skill among UC alumni, with around a seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. For this school, most grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of former students pick up dental plans, too. A large number of respondents take advantage of a 401(k) plan. University of Cincinnati alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Louisville pick up average paychecks of $61K, which is closest to the amount made by UC grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to UC include Indiana University-Bloomington, Ohio State University-Main Campus, and the University of Kentucky.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1530 1910
ACT Scores 23 28

Key Stats for University of Cincinnati (UC)


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