Average Salary for Boston University Alumni

Attending Boston University, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Boston, Mass., and it is ranked in the top 20 percent of universities by return on investment. Most often cast as a die-hard sports school first, Boston University students study hard as they cheer on the Terriers. English is one of the most popular majors at Boston University, and the student ranks boast SAT and ACT test scores that sit well above the national average. This report is based on the responses of BU graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
19 salaries
Marketing Manager
13 salaries
Research Analyst
11 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
8 salaries
Administrative Assistant
7 salaries
Program Project Manager
7 salaries
Executive Director
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 944
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About This School

One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215



Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of BU work in a variety of sectors including the health care industry, the financial services industry, and IT services. The majority of BU alumni wind up in the education industry. The average salary for a grad from BU is $71K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $62K where the average male graduate hauls home $85K.


The most generous salaries among BU alumni are reportedly earned by Executive Directors, whose median earnings come to around $115K, followed by Program Project Managers (approximately $95K) and Information Technology Project Managers (about $86K). Administrative Assistants face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $38K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many BU alumni (just under a third of) end up finding permanent jobs in Boston. Another city that attracts a wealth of BU grads is San Francisco, Calif.; given its high compensation (approximately $87K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. BU alumni in Chicago, Ill. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $64K. Alumni express interest in New York, N.Y. and Los Angeles, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

BU students with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) can expect to make the most money ($120K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those holding a B.A. in Economics are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $43K on average per year.


Former Terriers who have experience with Leadership can expect to make 22 percent more than other alumni ($87K on average). Project Management is a popular skill among BU alumni, with nearly one-seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most grads are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of former students report dental coverage, too. A large number of alums report contributing to a 401(k). Additional perks enjoyed by Boston University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, New York University grads (who make an average of $71K) earn salaries most similar to BU alumni. Other schools similar to BU include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Tufts University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1780 2080
ACT Scores 26 30

Key Stats for Boston University


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