Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Pittsburgh, Pa., Carnegie Mellon University, a school, has a student population of roughly 6,000. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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College ROI Report

10th

20 Year Net ROI 

$811,000

Annual ROI 

7.8%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$243,000

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College Salary Report

13th

Early Career Salary 

$71,700

Mid-Career Salary 

$126,000

% High Meaning 

51 %

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Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
124 salaries
$108,420  
   
Senior Software Engineer
57 salaries
$129,103  
Mechanical Engineer
36 salaries
$79,399  
User Experience Designer
26 salaries
$77,660  
Data Scientist
23 salaries
$105,770  
UX Designer
18 salaries
$95,500  
Software Developer
18 salaries
$91,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,584

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About This School

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

5,917

Private School, Research University

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Industry

CMU alumni can most commonly be found in the software development industry, the engineering services industry, and the e-commerce, business to consumer (b2c) industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. Among CMU grads, software as a service (SAAS) development is a commonly chosen career field. Reminiscent of their reportedly high performance on the SAT, CMU alumni often collect high salaries as well. Former CMU graduates bring in $94K on average.

Gender

Male graduates of CMU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $97K versus approximately $80K for women.

Jobs

Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid CMU alumni, making $127K on average every year, though Construction Senior Project Managers (around $108K), and Information Technology Consultants ($103K) are not far behind. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Project Architects — they bring in about $62K.

Locations

CMU students enjoy their time in Pittsburgh, and slightly less than a fourth of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. Another city that attracts a wealth of CMU grads is San Francisco, Calif.; given its high compensation ($110K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Home to the lowest median salary for CMU alumni is Washington, DC, a popular place for former students despite its $60K average paycheck. Other common destinations include New York, N.Y. and Boston, Mass.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for CMU grads with a Master of Science (MS), Business Intelligence (average earnings climb to about $193K per year). A Master of Arts (MA) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $58K.

Skills

Carnegie Mellon University grads with Java abilities can expect to make 12 percent more than their former classmates ($105K). Project Management is a popular skill among CMU alumni, with just under a fourth of workers reporting using it on the job. Also considered top-notch skills are Java, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

More than half of alums report receiving paid vacation days, but just one-third of alumni are paid for sick leave. Almost all graduates participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance benefits extend to almost all alumni, and most alumni sign up for dental plans. Carnegie Mellon University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Pennsylvania grads (who make an average of $88K) earn salaries most similar to CMU alumni. Other schools similar to CMU include Case Western Reserve University, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University.

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Key Stats for Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %
Salary
$47,344 - $101,124
Salary
$59,413 - $122,419

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%
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