Average Salary for Brown University Alumni

Around 6,000 people attend Brown University, a private research institution based in Providence, R.I. At this Ivy League institution, students enjoy an enriching college experience complete with a strong sports tradition. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Brown grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Software Engineer
10 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
9 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Account Manager
4 salaries
Associate Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
3 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270

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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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Brown alumni can most commonly be found in the health care industry, the software development industry, and the consulting industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. True to type, Brown alumni go from receiving above-average SAT scores to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Following graduation, Brown students earn an average of approximately $75K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $62K whereas the men's median is $87K.


The biggest paychecks among Brown alumni are earned by Senior Software Engineers — these former students make about $110K per year. The next biggest paychecks ($100K) go to Software Development Engineers and Editors. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Account Managers — they bring in $65K.


Those with a degree from Brown often relocate to New York after college. Brown grads also flock to Seattle, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is around $90K). Brown University alumni often stay in Providence following graduation despite having one of the lowest median salaries among popular cities (about $52K). Other popular cities include Boston and San Francisco.

Degree Major

Former Bears who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn $275K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Science in Biology — their annual income amounts to approximately $39K on average.


Project Management is a popular skill among Brown alumni, with close to a seventh of grads reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of C++ seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 57 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($118K). Proficiency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

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). The greater part of former students have medical plans, and a fair portion of alums have dental insurance. To plan for old age, the greater part of respondents maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Additional perks enjoyed by Brown University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Alumni of Columbia University in the City of New York pick up average paychecks of $77K, which is closest to the amount made by Brown grads among similar schools. Boston University, Brandeis University, and 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


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$36,435 - $81,381
$45,316 - $117,597
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1-4 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
$40,723 - $117,447
$46,062 - $118,306
$36,703 - $101,736
$36,270 - $78,379
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