Average Salary for Boston University Alumni

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. 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. The data for this snapshot was collected from BU graduates who took 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.
Software Engineer
19 salaries
Marketing Manager
17 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
11 salaries
Research Analyst
11 salaries
Program Project Manager
7 salaries
Executive Director
7 salaries
Administrative Assistant
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,056
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About This School

One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215



Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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BU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the health care industry, the financial services industry, and IT services. The majority of BU alumni wind up in the education industry. Those with an education from BU earn an average of $72K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $62K on average compared to $86K for male graduates.


BU grads who become Executive Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $115K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Program Project Managers and Information Technology Project Managers; their salaries approach about $95K and approximately $86K, respectively. Sliding in near the bottom are Administrative Assistants, who report earnings of around $38K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many BU alumni (just under a third of) end up finding permanent jobs in Boston. In addition, former BU students often head to San Francisco, Calif. after graduating, where the median salary comes to about $88K in this top-paying city. Chicago, Ill. 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 around $64K. Graduates also relocate to New York, N.Y. and Los Angeles, Calif.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) from BU can rake in a whopping average $120K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Journalism — their annual income amounts to $43K on average.


Competency in Leadership translates into above-average pay for former Terriers — they earn 19 percent more than their fellow graduates. Many BU grads have knowledge of Project Management, with approximately one in seven alumni using this program on the clock. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of survey participants receive health insurance, and a fair number of graduates get dental coverage. A large number of alums save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Boston University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Brandeis 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 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Tufts University.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Boston University


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$46,132 - $119,215
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 210 votes.
$40,468 - $98,918
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$41,852 - $120,498
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