Brown University Alumni Average Salary

Brown University, a school in Providence, R.I., has roughly 6,000 undergrads. Alongside an exclusive education, this Ivy League institution also offers students the cultural experiences that come with living in an exciting urban area. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Software Engineer
21 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
10 salaries
Research Analyst
8 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Project Coordinator, (Unknown Type / General)
6 salaries
Financial Analyst
6 salaries
Research Scientist
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 656
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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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The education industry, the health care industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development are just a few of the areas in which Brown grads find work. A large chunk of former Brown students are employed in the software development industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Less than five percent of Brown grads move into IT services — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. Students of Brown go on to make comfortable salaries after graduation, a trend consistent with the high graduation rates and above-average SAT scores reported by this group. Former Brown graduates bring in about $79K on average.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of approximately $64K per year compared to men, who earn around $96K.


The Brown alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $110K. Research Scientists and Senior Software Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $100K. Salaries are anything but generous for Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $44K.


A large number of students head to New York, N.Y. after college. With a median salary of $98K, Seattle, Wash. represents the highest-paid city popular among Brown grads. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Brown grads is Washington, DC (median compensation is $67K). Boston, Mass. is also a top pick, as is San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate Brown grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $275K on average per year. A B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $44K.


Brown alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with around a sixth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Former Bears who have experience with C++ can expect to make 53 percent more than other alumni ($120K on average). Competency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; slightly less than half of the graduates report receiving the former, but only one in four survey participants report receiving the latter. Nearly all former students save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Almost all former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of alums receive dental plans, too. Brown University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Columbia University in the City of New York grads (who make an average of $79K) earn salaries most similar to Brown alumni. Boston University, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also similar to Brown.

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