Boston University Alumni Average Salary

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at Boston University, a university based in Boston, Mass.. The school is ranked in the top 20 percent of universities by return on investment. It would be a misnomer to cast Boston University as a die-hard sports school only: Boston University students study hard as they cheer on the Terriers. History majors are among the most popular majors at Boston University, and the university is home to some of the brightest students in the country. The data in this summary come from BU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Software Engineer
54 salaries
Marketing Manager
39 salaries
Marketing Director
28 salaries
Financial Analyst
28 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
28 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
26 salaries
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
21 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,327
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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 are found working in a number of different fields including IT services, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the financial services industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. Graduates of BU earn $72K on average.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $87K per year, but the second group takes home only about $59K.


The most generous salaries among BU alumni are reportedly earned by Software Engineering Managers, whose median earnings come to $140K, followed by Marketing Directors (around $120K) and Senior Software Engineers (approximately $90K). On the lower end, Research Analysts report making $54K.


Many BU alumni remain in Boston after graduation; slightly less than a third of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. In addition, former BU students often head to San Francisco, Calif. after graduating, where the median salary comes to around $85K in this top-paying city. Home to the lowest median salary for BU alumni is Washington, DC, a popular place for former students despite its approximately $67K average paycheck. New York, N.Y. and Los Angeles, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

A Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) earns BU students the most money after college (an average $149K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Journalism — their annual income amounts to $42K on average.


Slightly less than a fifth of BU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Strategic Marketing commands a pay premium of 9 percent for former Terriers. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. It is no small feat that most grads are given health coverage, and a strong majority of graduates accept dental insurance. Most former students opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Boston University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for New York University grads is $70K, making their salaries most similar to those of BU grads. Other schools similar to BU include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Tufts University.

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