Brown University Alumni Average Salary

Around 6,000 people attend Brown University, a institution based in Providence, R.I. This school offers the advantages of both an Ivy league education and the cultural opportunities and big city experiences of an urban area. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Brown grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Software Engineer
18 salaries
Research Scientist
7 salaries
Research Analyst
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Senior Software Engineer
6 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Associate Director, Non-Profit Organization
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 539

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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 consulting industry, higher education, and the e-commerce, business to consumer (b2c) industry are just a few of the areas in which Brown grads find work. The software development industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Very few Brown grads go into the education industry; in fact, less than ten percent of alumni enter this industry. Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are Brown grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores reported by this demographic. Those with an education from Brown earn an average of $81K.


Male graduates of Brown out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $95K versus $57K for women.


Many Brown grads end up living in New York, N.Y., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Brown alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Boston, Mass., which offers a median salary of around $111K. Though median pay is subpar ($66K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Providence after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Alumni express interest in Seattle, Wash. and Los Angeles, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

Brown grads who hold a Doctorate (PhD) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $123K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor's Degree (approximately $77K on average annually).


Competency in People Management translates into above-average pay for former Bears — they earn 7 percent more than their fellow graduates. Just over one in five grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Operations Management, and Program Management is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; a majority of respondents report receiving the former, but only one-third of alumni report receiving the latter. A large number of graduates participate in a 401(k) program. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most respondents are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of alumni report dental coverage, too. Brown University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Median pay for Columbia University in the City of New York grads is $84K, making their salaries most similar to those of Brown grads. Other schools similar to Brown include Boston University, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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