Boston University Alumni Average Salary

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than Boston University. It is a university based in Boston, Mass. that is ranked in the top 20 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. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Software Engineer
52 salaries
Marketing Manager
43 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
32 salaries
Financial Analyst
30 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
26 salaries
Marketing Director
26 salaries
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
25 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,352

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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 the financial services industry, the software development industry, and the publishing industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the health care industry. Reminiscent of their reportedly high performance on the SAT, BU alumni often collect high salaries as well. Former BU graduates bring in $75K on average.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average about $88K per year compared to females' approximately $61K.


In the BU alumni professional community, Marketing Directors make the highest median pay ($135K), though Senior Software Engineers ($90K), and Sales Engineers (around $80K) are close competitors. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Marketing Managers who make an average of $60K.


BU students enjoy their time in Boston, and just under one in three students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. It is also not uncommon to find former BU students living and working in San Francisco, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of about $95K. Washington, DC is a popular spot for former BU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $51K. New York, N.Y. and Chicago, Ill. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid BU alumni are those with a Doctorate (PhD) — they earn close to approximately $165K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Advertising — their annual income amounts to $43K on average.


Knowledge of People Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 58 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($119K). BU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Roughly half of the former students do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick time. Most survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. For this school, a large number of survey participants are the recipients of health benefits, and most alumni pick up dental plans, too. Boston University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Tufts University grads bring in salaries of around $74K, making them the most similar to BU alumni in terms of earnings. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Brandeis University are also similar to BU.

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