Boston University Alumni Average Salary

Boston University is a school located in Boston, Mass. with around 18,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 20 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports occupy center stage in student life (Go Terriers!), but academics are extremely important, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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College ROI Report

232nd

20 Year Net ROI 

$394,000

Annual ROI 

4.8%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$250,000

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College Salary Report

23rd

Early Career Salary 

$79,200

Mid-Career Salary 

$158,000

% High Meaning 

54 %

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Boston University School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$60K$120K$180K
Marketing Manager
3 salaries
$60,396  
   
Senior Software Engineer
3 salaries
$89,528  
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
3 salaries
$61,000  
Marketing Director
3 salaries
$160,000  
Sales Engineer
3 salaries
$80,000  
Business Operations Analyst
3 salaries
$74,680  
Account Manager
2 salaries
$41,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 161

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About This School

One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215

www.bu.edu/admissions

18,165

Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

84 %

16 %

41 %

15 %

Industry

BU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the health care industry, the banking industry, and the health care services industry. The financial services industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Median pay for those who graduated from BU amounts to approximately $74K.

Gender

There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $89K after graduating from BU, the average woman earns only $60K.

Jobs

BU grads who become Marketing Directors garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average around $160K annually. However, Senior Software Engineers and Sales Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in about $90K and $80K, respectively). Marketing Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $60K.

Locations

BU alumni like Boston so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with just under one in three grads staying on to find permanent employment. 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 $95K. BU alumni in Washington, DC can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at approximately $51K. Graduates also relocate to New York, N.Y. and Chicago, Ill.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for BU grads with a Doctorate (PhD) (average earnings climb to $165K per year). A Bachelor of Science in Advertising commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $36K.

Skills

Knowledge of People Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 61 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $119K). Project Management is a popular skill among BU alumni, with slightly less than a fourth of grads reporting using it on the job. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, just under half of the respondents are compensated for vacation days, but only one in three grads can take paid time off due to illness. Most graduates take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of alums, and most alums sign up for dental plans. Boston University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Tufts University grads (who make an average of $73K) earn salaries most similar to BU alumni. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Brandeis University are also similar to BU.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Boston University

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %
Salary
$37,620 - $78,170
Salary
$55,982 - $120,075

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%
$39,220 - $76,960
$36,026 - $76,282
$39,152 - $121,158
$34,004 - $76,550
$124,257
Macfadden Publishing
$60,000
$46,500
$42,988 - $98,575
$41,692 - $85,000
$37,332 - $139,379
$51,097 - $82,231

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