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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 are squarely at the center of student life (Go Bisons!), but academics are featured as a close second. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Bucknell University Details


One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837

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Private Schools, Liberal Arts, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

90 %


30 %

% Stay In State:

20 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

10 %
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Bucknell alumni can most commonly be found in the software development industry, the management consulting industry, and the education industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the financial services industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Bucknell is approximately $67K.


The Bucknell alumni who make the most are Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $77K. Mechanical Engineers and Software Developers draw in a fair amount as well — $71K. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Operations Analysts; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $57K.


The most popular destination for former Bucknell students is New York. It is no surprise that San Francisco, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $89K), is another of the most popular spots for former Bucknell students. Bucknell alumni in Washington, DC can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at around $51K. In addition, Bucknell grads flock to neighboring Philadelphia as well as Denver.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance leads to the highest pay for Bucknell grads ($166K per year). A Bachelor's Degree, Psychology offers the lowest annual financial reward (about $40K).


Competency in People Management translates into above-average pay for former Bisons — they earn 26 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among Bucknell alumni, with slightly less than a fifth of workers reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills 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 former students report contributing to a 401(k). For this school, the greater part of graduates are the recipients of health benefits, and most survey participants pick up dental plans, too. Alumni of Bucknell University also take in a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Lafayette College grads bring in salaries of around $65K, making them the most similar to Bucknell alumni in terms of earnings. Susquehanna University, Lycoming College, and Juniata College are also similar to Bucknell.

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SAT Scores 1810 2100
ACT Scores 27 31

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