The University of Florida is a school located in Gainesville, Fla. with around 37,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 12 percent of universities by return on investment. Most often remembered as a die-hard sports school first, University of Florida students study hard as they cheer on the Gators. Math is one of the most popular majors at the University of Florida, and students boast SAT and ACT test scores that are well above the national average. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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9.6 %

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52 %

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University of Florida (UF) Median Salary by Job


Software Engineer
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Project Engineer
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Civil Engineer
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  • Updated: 16 Mar 2019
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About This School

Gainesville, FL 32611


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans, Party School

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Graduates of the UF are found working in a number of different fields including the aerospace and defense industry, the financial services industry, and the health care industry. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former UF graduates bring in $68K on average.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $75K per year, but the second group takes home only about $62K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid UF alumni, making $120K on average every year, though Software Engineers ($81K), and Construction Project Managers (around $74K) are not far behind. On the lower end, Marketing Managers report making approximately $56K.


Less than ten percent of UF grads stay in Gainesville, Fla., even though it offers the lowest median pay (about $51K). On the other hand, UF alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in New York, N.Y., which offers a median salary of around $72K. Nearby Tampa, Fla. is also a top pick for UF grads, as is Miami, Fla.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid UF alumni are those with a Master of Computer Science (MCS) — they earn close to $109K on average per year. A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($47K).


Nearly one in six UF grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Knowledge of Operations Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 15 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($78K). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. Most graduates save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to a large number of alumni, and a majority of grads also receive dental coverage. University of Florida alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Houston pick up average paychecks of $66K, which is closest to the amount made by UF grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to UF include Florida State University, the University of South Florida-Main Campus, and Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1740 2020
ACT Scores 27 31

Key Stats for University of Florida (UF)


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