University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Average Salary

Around 17,000 undergrads attend the University of Illinois at Chicago, a school in Chicago, Ill.. The school sits in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Flames!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the UIC grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni

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Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer$99,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Sep 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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About This School

601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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The engineering services industry, clinical care, and the health care industry are just a few of the areas in which the UIC grads find work. The most popular field is the consulting industry. UIC graduates see an average starting salary of $70K.


UIC grads who become Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average about $116K annually. However, Senior Software Engineers and Senior Financial Analysts also rank as top-earners (bringing in $100K and $68K, respectively). On the lower end, Paralegals report making $44K.


Though Chicago, Ill. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at approximately $62K), a majority of UIC students continue living here after college. Alternatively, Schaumburg, Ill. is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is around $102K — which is an (obvious) draw for many UIC grads.

Degree Major

Former Flames who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Doctorate (PhD) and earn a median salary of $150K per year. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) are the lowest of the pack, earning around $45K.


Many UIC grads have knowledge of Project Management, with just under a fourth of alumni using this program on the clock. Former Flames with Java abilities can expect to make 52 percent more than their former classmates ($106K). Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fourth of alumni get sick time. Most grads save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a large number of alumni are given health coverage, and more than half of graduates accept dental insurance. Other benefits that University of Illinois at Chicago alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Iowa State University grads report the most similar salaries to UIC alums, earning $71K on average. Other schools similar to UIC include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University-Main Campus, and Michigan State University.

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Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
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* SAT writing score is not included.
990 1260
ACT Scores 21 26

Key Stats for University of Illinois at Chicago


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$34,765 - $79,593
$34,798 - $121,259

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$34,240 - $86,879

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