Brown University Alumni Average Salary

Around 6,000 people attend Brown University, a institution based in Providence, R.I. Undergraduates of the school enjoy a prestigious Ivy League education as well as school athletics, which have a strong presence on campus. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
6 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Research Scientist
3 salaries
Senior Data Analyst
3 salaries
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
3 salaries
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 7 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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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 software development industry, the education industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the health care industry. True to type, Brown alumni go from seeing above-average SAT scores and excellent graduation rates to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Former Brown graduates bring in approximately $77K on average.


In the Brown alumni community, men make a median salary of $89K compared to their female counterparts, who earn around $66K.


The most lucrative professionals among Brown alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $117K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $100K and $95K, respectively, are Senior Software Engineers and Software Engineers. Business Analysts face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at about $61K.


New York, N.Y. is filled with Brown grads. It is no surprise that Seattle, Wash., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $92K), is another of the most popular spots for former Brown students. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Brown alumni is Washington, DC, where earnings average $57K. Boston, Mass. and San Francisco, Calif. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

A medical degree earns Brown students the most money after college (an average approximately $275K per year). A Bachelor's Degree, Anthropology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $47K.


Former Bears with JavaScript abilities can expect to make 59 percent more than their former classmates ($122K). Project Management is a popular skill among Brown alumni, with about an eighth of grads reporting using it on the job. Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; just under half of the survey participants get vacation time, whereas just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick leave. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; the vast majority of grads are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of graduates report dental coverage, too. Almost all alumni take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Brown University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Tufts University grads is about $76K, 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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