Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Alumni Average Salary

Carnegie Mellon University, a school in Pittsburgh, Pa., has roughly 6,000 undergrads. This report is based on the responses of CMU graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
134 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
62 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
34 salaries
User Experience Designer
27 salaries
Software Developer
24 salaries
Product Manager, Software
17 salaries
Product Designer
16 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,705
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About This School

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Private School, Research University

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Graduates of CMU go into software as a service (SAAS) development, IT services, and the financial services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular professional field seems to be the software development industry. It is quite common for CMU grads — a demographic that scores high on the SATs and boasts excellent graduation rates — to earn top-notch salaries in the workforce. Former CMU graduates bring in $94K on average.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks around $100K per year, but the second group takes home only $79K.


Among CMU alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of $131K, followed by Software Engineers (approximately $117K), and Software Engineers (about $97K). Mechanical Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $74K.


CMU alumni seem to appreciate living in Pittsburgh, and about one in six grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. CMU grads also flock to San Francisco, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is approximately $119K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by CMU alumni is Washington, DC, where earnings average about $79K. Other popular cities include New York, N.Y. and Boston, Mass.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid CMU alumni are those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration — they earn close to around $155K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) ($62K on average annually).


Competency in C translates into above-average pay for Carnegie Mellon University grads — they earn 8 percent more than their fellow graduates. Many former CMU students are familiar with Project Management, and slightly less than a fourth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. In addition, those who are savvy in Java, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-third of alumni for sick time. The vast majority of grads have medical plans, and a large number of grads have dental insurance. Nearly all graduates take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Alumni of Carnegie Mellon University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Alumni of Princeton University pick up average paychecks of $93K, which is closest to the amount made by CMU grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to CMU include Case Western Reserve University, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University.

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