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Average Salary for Bucknell University Alumni

Located in Lewisburg, Pa., roughly 4,000 students call Bucknell University home for four years. Sports fans searching for a small-town experience can find the best of both worlds at this school; however, students tend to move on to neighboring cities like New York, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia after graduation. Replies from former Bucknell students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Bucknell University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Operations Analyst
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Software Developer
4 salaries
Project Engineer
4 salaries
Financial Analyst
4 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
3 salaries
Software Engineer
3 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157

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About This School

One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837



Private School, Liberal Arts, Party School, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Bucknell are found working in a number of different fields including the software development industry, the education industry, and the management consulting industry. A large chunk of former Bucknell students are employed in the financial services industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Graduates of Bucknell typically earn $67K.


In the Bucknell alumni professional community, Software Engineers make the highest median pay (approximately $77K), though Mechanical Engineers ($71K), and Financial Analysts ($70K) are close competitors. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Operations Analysts; alumni in this role face average salaries of around $57K.


The most popular destination for former Bucknell students is New York. It is no surprise that Seattle, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $99K), is another of the most popular spots for former Bucknell students. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Bucknell alumni is Washington, DC, where earnings average about $51K. Other common destinations for Bucknell grads include close-by Philadelphia and Boston.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance earns Bucknell students the most money after college ($166K per year). On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Psychology tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making $42K per year.


Knowledge of People Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 26 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($84K). A little less than a fifth of Bucknell grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads earn paid vacation and just one in five survey participants get paid sick time. A strong majority of graduates take advantage of a 401(k) plan. A solid majority of respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while most grads receive dental plans, too. Bucknell University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Lycoming College graduates, who earn $66K on average, make a similar amount to Bucknell grads. Susquehanna University, Juniata College, and Muhlenberg College are also similar to Bucknell.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1800 2090
ACT Scores 27 32

Key Stats for Bucknell University


38 %
62 %
$36,082 - $81,014
$48,441 - $95,976
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
$36,276 - $87,898
$53,355 - $169,086
$47,000 - $75,000
$49,132 - $81,389
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