The University of Illinois at Chicago is a school located in Chicago, Ill. with around 19,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 19 percent of universities by return on investment. Enthusiasm for athletics forms a core part of campus culture (Go Flames!), and students supplement the sports fun by taking full advantage of their school's urban environment. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

7.9 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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% High Meaning 

48 %

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University of Illinois at Chicago Median Salary by Job





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Project Engineer
45 profiles


Data Analyst
35 profiles

Civil Engineer
34 profiles

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  • Updated: 16 Mar 2019
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About This School

601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of the UIC go into the health care services industry, the consulting industry, and the education industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. The average salary for a grad from the UIC is around $66K.


The most lucrative professionals among UIC alumni are Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $75K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at approximately $69K and $67K, respectively, are Mechanical Engineers and Electrical Engineers. Salaries are anything but generous for Staff Accountants, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $51K.


Graduates of UIC seem to enjoy living in Chicago, and roughly one-half of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. UIC alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of $106K. Home to the lowest median salary for UIC alumni is Northbrook, Ill., a popular place for former students despite its about $61K average paycheck. Neighboring Schaumburg, Ill. is another common pick among UIC grads, along with Naperville, Ill.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) will compensate UIC grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $97K on average per year. Those holding a Master of Social Work (MSW) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in about $50K on average per year.


Former Flames with Project Management abilities can expect to make 15 percent more than their former classmates ($76K). Approximately one-seventh of UIC grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most survey participants are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of alumni report dental coverage, too. A large number of respondents plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. University of Illinois at Chicago alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Michigan State University grads bring in salaries of around $67K, making them the most similar to UIC alumni in terms of earnings. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University-Main Campus, and the University of Iowa are also similar to UIC.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Illinois at Chicago


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$38,888 - $83,636
$48,191 - $95,915

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1281 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$56,527 - $125,250
$66,406 - $155,355
$34,972 - $95,000
$40,394 - $86,063
$39,019 - $86,057
$66,814 - $125,420
$44,426 - $106,981
$54,245 - $96,133
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