Average Salary for Boston University Alumni

Ranked in the top 20 percent of universities by return on investment, Boston University is a university based in Boston, Mass., and it's home to around 18,000 undergraduates. 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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Boston University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
19 salaries
Marketing Manager
17 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
11 salaries
Research Analyst
11 salaries
Executive Director
8 salaries
Program Project Manager
8 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,164

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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 go into the health care industry, the financial services industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. Former BU graduates bring in about $71K on average.


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


The most generous salaries among BU alumni are reportedly earned by Executive Directors, whose median earnings come to $100K, followed by Program Project Managers ($90K) and Information Technology Project Managers ($89K). Salaries are anything but generous for Account Managers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at approximately $51K.


Upon earning their degrees, many BU grads prefer to remain in Boston; in fact, just under one in three grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. Another city that attracts a wealth of BU grads is Los Angeles, Calif.; given its high compensation ($87K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other hand, BU alumni who end up in Chicago, Ill. receive the lowest median salary of around $64K. Other cities of interest include New York, N.Y. and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for BU grads with a Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) (average earnings climb to $118K per year). A B.A. in Economics is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $44K.


Leadership commands a pay premium of 20 percent for former Terriers. Nearly one-seventh of BU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Most respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of survey participants receive dental plans, too. Most survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Boston University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

New York University graduates, who earn approximately $70K on average, make a similar amount to BU grads. Other schools similar to BU include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Tufts University.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Boston University


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$38,088 - $82,623
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 270 votes.
$39,765 - $87,026
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$39,870 - $98,186
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