Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than the University of Dayton. It is a Roman Catholic university based in Dayton, Ohio that is ranked in the top 18 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Flyers!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. The figures in this overview come from the responses of UD grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Jun 2019
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About This School

300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469


Private School, Research University, Religious, For Sports Fans

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The UD alumni can most commonly be found in the aerospace and defense industry, the education industry, and the automotive manufacturing industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The manufacturing industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Those with an education from the UD earn an average of $67K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $72K, but the median for the latter is only around $57K.


The UD alumni who make the most are Electrical Engineers; they report a median pay of about $72K. Mechanical Engineers and Project Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $66K. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Graphic Designers — they bring in approximately $39K.


Dayton is a popular place for UD students to settle after graduation, and nearly one in six grads find steadfast employment in the city. UD alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Pittsburgh, Pa., which offers a median salary of $72K. On the other hand, UD alumni who end up in Indianapolis, Ind. receive the lowest median salary of about $57K. Other common destinations for UD grads include close-by Cincinnati, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for UD grads with a Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) (average earnings climb to $105K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) are the lowest of the pack, earning $42K.


Many former UD students are familiar with Project Management, and roughly one in six grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Operations Management translates into above-average pay for former Flyers — they earn 41 percent more than their fellow graduates. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of graduates, and most alums report health coverage. Most former students set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). University of Dayton alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Nova Southeastern University grads bring in salaries of around around $67K, making them the most similar to UD alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to UD include Duquesne University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Drexel University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1550 1860
ACT Scores 24 29

Key Stats for University of Dayton


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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 653 votes.
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