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 answers of CMU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Software Engineer
31 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
14 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
User Experience Designer
6 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
5 salaries
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer
5 salaries
Interaction Designer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 343
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About This School

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Private School, Research University

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Former CMU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the financial services industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The most popular field is the software development industry. CMU alumni rake in larger-than-average salaries; they also score high on the SATs and boast an impressive rate of graduation. The average starting salary for a graduate of CMU is $94K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $99K per year compared to females' approximately $74K.


The CMU alumni who make the most are Engineering Project Managers; they report a median pay of $130K. Senior Software Engineers and Senior Software Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — around $121K and $118K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Mechanical Engineers — they bring in about $70K.


Though Pittsburgh, Pa. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $70K), about a seventh of CMU students continue living here after college. CMU grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in San Jose, Calif. — pay averages to $135K. New York, N.Y. and Washington, DC are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

CMU students with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to make the most money (about $140K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average approximately $60K per year.


For Carnegie Mellon University grads, proficiency in C warrants a paycheck that is 16 percent more than other alumni salaries. Approximately one-fifth of CMU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Proficiency in Java, Engineering Design, and C++ command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. It is no small feat that almost all graduates are given health coverage, and a large number of grads accept dental insurance. The vast majority of graduates plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Additional perks enjoyed by Carnegie Mellon University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Princeton University grads report the most similar salaries to CMU alums, earning $92K on average. Other schools similar to CMU include Case Western Reserve University, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University.

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Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1990 2280
ACT Scores 30 34

Key Stats for Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)


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