Average Salary for Brown University Alumni

Around 6,000 people attend Brown University, a institution based in Providence, R.I. Academics are valued at this esteemed Ivy League institution, and so are athletics (Go Bears!). 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

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
9 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Research Scientist
3 salaries
Business Analyst (Unspecified Type)
3 salaries
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer
3 salaries
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
3 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the health care industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the education industry. Among Brown grads, the software development industry is a commonly chosen career field. Consistent with the high SAT scores reported by Brown alumni, former students go on to earn high salaries. The average starting salary for a graduate of Brown is about $77K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of around $66K whereas the men's median is $87K.


Brown grads who become Senior Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average approximately $117K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Software Engineers and Software Engineers; their salaries approach $100K and $95K, respectively. Non-Profit Program Managers pick up $40K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


The most popular destination for former Brown students is New York, N.Y. The top-paying city popular with Brown alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of approximately $95K. Washington, DC is a popular spot for former Brown students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at about $58K. Boston, Mass. and San Francisco, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Brown grads with a medical degree (average earnings climb to $275K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in International Relations (around $46K on average annually).


Former Bears with JavaScript experience garner salaries that are 59 percent more than other grads' salaries. Data Analysis is a popular skill among Brown alumni, with approximately one in eight workers reporting using it on the job. In addition, those who are savvy in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Java are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Although slightly more than two-fifths of survey participants are compensated for vacation days, only one-fourth of alumni are paid for sick time. It is no small feat that nearly all survey participants are given health coverage, and a fair number of alumni accept dental insurance. The vast majority of respondents plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Brown University graduates also take advantage of 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. Other schools similar to Brown include Boston University, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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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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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
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