University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Alumni Average Salary

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at the University of Illinois at Urbana, a university based in Champaign, Ill.. The school is ranked in the top 9 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have a dominant presence on campus, but study habits are taken seriously as well, and students report above-average test scores. This report is based on the answers of UIUC graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Median Salary by Job


Software Engineer
132 profiles

Mechanical Engineer
73 profiles

Project Engineer
53 profiles

United States (change)

Civil Engineer
47 profiles

Structural Engineer
44 profiles

Electrical Engineer
43 profiles

Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
41 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,208
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About This School

601 E John Street
Champaign, IL 61820-5711

University Of Illinois


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

85 %

36 %

65 %

21 %


The UIUC alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the consulting industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the insurance and financial services industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the engineering services industry. Those with an education from the UIUC earn an average of around $71K.


UIUC grads who become Engineering Senior Project Managers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $119K annually. However, Aerospace Engineers and Project Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $81K and approximately $74K, respectively). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Operations Managers; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $64K.


Chicago, Ill. is a hot spot for UIUC alum. It is also not uncommon to find former UIUC students living and working in New York, N.Y. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $110K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with UIUC alumni is Peoria, Ill., which offers a median salary of $67K. Other popular cities include St. Louis, Mo. and Champaign, Ill.

Degree Major

UIUC grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Biology can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $131K per year. A B.A. in Economics offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $50K).


Budget Management commands a pay premium of 52 percent for former Fighting Illini. Project Management is a popular skill among UIUC alumni, with just under one-fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, nearly one in four survey participants report receiving the former, whereas just half of the alumni report receiving the latter. Most graduates take advantage of a 401(k) plan. A large number of alumni have medical plans, and a fair number of grads have dental insurance. Graduates of University of Illinois at Urbana are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Illinois at Chicago grads is $67K, making their salaries most similar to those of UIUC grads. Other schools similar to UIUC include Purdue University-Main Campus, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the University of Cincinnati-Main Campus.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Job Listings

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1860 2160
ACT Scores 26 31

Key Stats for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)


31 %
69 %
$42,454 - $102,527
$52,622 - $100,546

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$44,438 - $82,833
$56,784 - $79,580
$50,335 - $124,119
$49,851 - $82,690
$43,594 - $84,351
$63,077 - $119,655
$92,500 - $155,000
$62,400 - $127,400
$52,500 - $81,100

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