Brown University Alumni Average Salary

Around 6,000 people attend Brown University, a institution based in Providence, R.I. Students are faced with a challenging curriculum at this distinguished Ivy League school, but they still find time to cheer the Bears. The data in this summary come from Brown alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
22 salaries
Account Manager
8 salaries
Research Analyst
8 salaries
Research Scientist
7 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
7 salaries
Executive Assistant
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 687

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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 consulting industry, the education industry, and higher education. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the software development industry. The e-commerce, business to consumer (b2c) industry is perhaps the least commonly worked industry among Brown grads, with one in twenty former students experienced in this area. Brown graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores and graduation rate. Median pay for those who graduated from Brown amounts to $80K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $98K per year, but the second group takes home only $56K.


Among Brown alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of approximately $95K.


Many Brown students are New York, N.Y.-bound following college. Brown alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Boston, Mass., which offers a median salary of around $120K. Chicago, Ill. 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 $63K. Other common destinations include Seattle, Wash. and Los Angeles, Calif.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) earns Brown students the most money after college (an average about $123K per year). Graduates holding a Bachelor's Degree fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $77K.


C++ Programming Language commands a pay premium of 37 percent for former Bears. Proficiency in Project Management is common among Brown alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, just over one in five former students report doing so. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Operations Management command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for a majority of grads, but only two-fifths of alumni are rewarded with paid sick leave. A large number of former students save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to most alums, and a fair number of survey participants sign up for dental plans. Brown University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Columbia University in the City of New York grads (who make an average of approximately $83K) earn salaries most similar to Brown alumni. Other schools similar to Brown include Boston University, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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