Average Salary for Brown University Alumni

Nestled away in Providence, R.I., Brown University, a school, has a student population of roughly 6,000. Academics are valued at this esteemed Ivy League institution, and so are athletics (Go Bears!). This report is based on the answers of Brown graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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
10 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
3 salaries
Account Manager
3 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Business Analyst (Unspecified Type)
3 salaries
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216
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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 find work in an assortment of industries including the health care industry, the education industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. Among Brown grads, the software development industry is a commonly chosen career field. Brown graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores and graduation rate. The average starting salary for a graduate of Brown is $77K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $88K, but the median for the latter is only $66K.


The biggest paychecks among Brown alumni are earned by Senior Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of around $117K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Senior Software Engineers (about $100K) and Software Engineers ($95K). On the lower end, Non-Profit Program Managers report making approximately $40K.


New York, N.Y. is a hub for Brown graduates — a large number call this city home. The top-paying city popular with Brown alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of $95K. On the other hand, Brown alumni who end up in Washington, DC receive the lowest median salary of about $57K. Boston, Mass. and San Francisco, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $275K per year, former Bears who have a medical degree are the best paid among the alumni population. A B.A. in International Relations offers the lowest median annual financial reward (approximately $46K).


Many former Brown students are familiar with Data Analysis, and close to one-eighth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in JavaScript translates into above-average pay for former Bears — they earn 59 percent more than their fellow graduates. Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Though slightly more than two-fifths of respondents get paid time off for vacation, only one in four survey participants receive paid sick leave. Almost all graduates save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Almost all alumni have medical plans, and a fair number of alums have dental insurance. Brown University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Columbia University in the City of New York grads is $78K, making their salaries most similar to those of Brown grads. Boston University, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also similar to Brown.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Brown University


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Job Satisfaction

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