Average Salary for Brown University Alumni

Nestled away in Providence, R.I., Brown University, a school, has a student population of roughly 6,000. With its big-city location and academic exclusivity, this Ivy provides students with the best of both worlds. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Brown grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Brown University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
10 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
8 salaries
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
3 salaries
Business Analyst (Unspecified Type)
3 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer
3 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 241

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About This School

One Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02912


Private School, Research University, Ivy League, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Brown go into software as a service (SAAS) development, the health care industry, and the software development industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of Brown alumni wind up in the education industry. True to type, Brown alumni go from receiving above-average SAT scores to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Former Brown graduates bring in $76K on average.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $64K on average compared to approximately $85K for male graduates.


Brown grads who become Senior Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average around $110K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Editors and Software Engineers; their salaries approach about $100K and $95K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Non-Profit Program Managers — they bring in $40K.


Many Brown grads end up living in New York, N.Y., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. It is no surprise that Seattle, Wash., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $89K), is another of the most popular spots for former Brown students. Brown University pride remains intact long after college is over, and many former students choose to live in Providence despite the city offering some of the lowest median pay (about $51K). Boston, Mass. is also a common pick among Brown grads, along with San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

Former Bears who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn a median salary of $275K per year. A B.A. in International Relations is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $46K.


Former Bears with C++ experience garner salaries that are 59 percent more than other grads' salaries. Proficiency in Data Analysis is common among Brown alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, close to a seventh of former students report doing so. Other prime know-hows include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in four survey participants, respectively). For this school, almost all graduates are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of graduates pick up dental plans, too. Nearly all alumni participate in a 401(k) program. Additional perks enjoyed by Brown University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Columbia University in the City of New York grads bring in salaries of around approximately $77K, making them the most similar to Brown alumni in terms of earnings. Boston University, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also similar to Brown.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2000 2310
ACT Scores 29 34

Key Stats for Brown University


44 %
56 %
$36,013 - $81,265
$41,950 - $111,454
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
$40,899 - $110,925
$45,934 - $111,964
$35,479 - $114,783
$35,404 - $77,425
$20,273 - $102,829
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