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Average Salary for Boston University Alumni

Students looking for a top value school need look no further 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 figures in this rundown were provided by BU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Research Universities

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Typical Early Career Salary

Boston University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Software Engineer
26 salaries
Marketing Manager
22 salaries
Research Analyst
14 salaries
Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
14 salaries
Executive Director
13 salaries
Office Manager
12 salaries
Account Manager
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,666
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Boston University Details

One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215


Private Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of BU work in a variety of industries including the health care industry, the financial services industry, and the software development industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the education industry. Former BU graduates tend to bring in approximately $71K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $85K after graduating from BU, the average woman earns only $61K.


BU grads who become Executive Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $98K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Information Technology Project Managers and Software Engineers; their salaries approach around $87K and about $79K, respectively. On the lower end, Office Managers report making $43K.


BU students enjoy their time in Boston, and slightly less than a third of students actually choose to reside here post-college and find jobs in the city. The top-paying city popular with BU alumni is San Francisco, which offers median salaries of $83K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among BU grads is Chicago (median compensation is approximately $65K). New York and Cambridge are popular choices as well.


EMC Corporation is the top-paying employer among BU graduates with an average salary of $85K. Salaries are decidedly lower at Brigham and Women's Hospital, though, where employees earn $47K on average. The school itself is the most popular employer among BU grads and offers a median salary of around $72K.

Degree Major

A Master of Computer Science (MCS), Computer Science (CS) leads to the highest pay for BU grads (about $132K per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Journalism are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $46K per year.


Project Management is a popular skill among BU alumni, with roughly one in six grads reporting using it on the job. Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Terriers — they earn 11 percent more than their fellow graduates. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one in three grads for sick time. The greater part of survey participants have medical plans, and most respondents have dental insurance. To plan for old age, a solid majority of graduates maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Other benefits that Boston University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

New York University grads report the most similar salaries to BU alums, earning $71K on average. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Tufts University are also similar to BU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1780 2050
ACT Scores 26 30

Key Stats

55 %
45 %
$37,962 - $82,267
$46,444 - $117,010
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 490 votes.
$40,341 - $88,129
$49,072 - $106,479
$44,323 - $66,129
$52,100 - $115,250
$40,004 - $97,811
$39,370 - $100,228
$40,950 - $118,507
$43,676 - $114,436
$41,442 - $114,021

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