Boston University Alumni Average Salary

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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Software Engineer
18 salaries
Marketing Manager
11 salaries
Research Analyst
9 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
9 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Administrative Assistant
6 salaries
Program Project Manager
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 6 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 862
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About This School

One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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BU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the health care industry, the financial services industry, and IT services. Among BU grads, the education industry is a commonly chosen career field. Those with an education from BU earn an average of $72K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $87K after graduating from BU, the average woman earns only around $62K.


BU grads who become Executive Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average approximately $115K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Program Project Managers and Marketing Managers; their salaries approach $95K and $86K, respectively. Administrative Assistants pick up about $38K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


BU students enjoy their time in Boston, and slightly less than a third of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. In addition, former BU students often head to Los Angeles, Calif. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $87K in this top-paying city. 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. New York, N.Y. and San Francisco, Calif. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) from BU can rake in a whopping average around $138K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Bachelor of Science in Journalism is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $43K.


Former Terriers with Leadership abilities can expect to make 42 percent more than their former classmates ($103K). Proficiency in Project Management is common among BU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, one in seven former students report doing so. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of grads opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health insurance benefits extend to most alumni, and a strong majority of graduates sign up for dental plans. Additional benefits handed to Boston University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Brandeis University pick up average paychecks of about $71K, which is closest to the amount made by BU grads among similar schools. 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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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 188 votes.
$40,589 - $99,023
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$41,391 - $119,477
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