Average Salary for Boston University Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than Boston University, a private research university based in Boston, Mass., that is ranked in the top 13 percent of universities by ROI. 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 well above average. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the BU grads who participated in PayScale's 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
21 salaries
Marketing Manager
18 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
13 salaries
Research Analyst
11 salaries
Executive Director
11 salaries
Account Manager
10 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,298

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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 health care industry, the financial services industry, and the software development industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Those with an education from BU earn an average of $71K.


In the BU alumni community, men make a median salary of about $85K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $61K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid BU alumni, typically making $101K every year, though Executive Directors ($98K), and Information Technology Project Managers (approximately $85K) are not far behind. Sliding in near the bottom are Office Managers, who report earnings of around $43K.


BU alumni do not feel the need to relocate after graduation, and just under a third of grads find stable employment in Boston. In addition, former BU students often head to San Francisco after graduating, where typical salaries come to about $83K in this top-paying city. On the other hand, BU alumni who end up in Chicago receive the lowest median salaries of approximately $62K. New York and Los Angeles are popular choices as well.


Graduates of BU can earn the biggest bucks at EMC Corporation (around $85K). BU — with a median salary of $63K — employs a lot of its recent grads, deeming it the most popular employer of former students. In contrast, alums who work at Brigham and Women's Hospital face the lowest salaries at $48K on average.

Degree Major

A Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) will compensate BU grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in $131K per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Science in Journalism fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of $46K.


Project Management is a common skill among BU alumni — around one in six grads mention using it at work. Knowledge of SQL seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 18 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $83K). In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of former students opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. A strong majority of respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair portion of graduates receive dental plans, too. 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

Yeshiva University grads bring in salaries of around $71K, making them the most similar to BU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to BU include 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


55 %
45 %
$37,774 - $82,891
$46,131 - $116,928
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 441 votes.
$40,040 - $86,381
$49,072 - $106,479
$63,995 - $124,000
$54,459 - $91,750
$39,951 - $97,655
$39,279 - $100,497
$40,950 - $118,507
$43,406 - $116,074
$41,159 - $114,345
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