Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Alumni Average Salary

Carnegie Mellon University, a school in Pittsburgh, Pa., has roughly 6,000 undergrads. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Software Engineer
131 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
61 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
40 salaries
User Experience Designer
27 salaries
Data Scientist
23 salaries
Software Developer
20 salaries
UX Designer
18 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,683

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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 head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; software as a service (SAAS) development, the software development industry, and the e-commerce, business to consumer (b2c) industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the engineering services industry. True to type, CMU alumni go from seeing above-average SAT scores and excellent graduation rates to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Former CMU graduates bring in approximately $94K on average.


CMU grads who become Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average around $114K annually. However, Construction Senior Project Managers and Information Technology Consultants also rank as top-earners (bringing in $108K and $103K, respectively). Construction Project Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $90K.


CMU alumni like Pittsburgh so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with just over one in five grads staying on to find permanent employment. The top-paying city popular with CMU alumni is San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of $110K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with CMU alumni is Boston, Mass., which offers a median salary of about $65K. In addition, grads flock to New York, N.Y. as well as Washington, DC.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid CMU alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Business Intelligence — they earn close to approximately $193K on average per year. Graduates holding a Master of Arts (MA) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of around $58K.


Competency in Java translates into above-average pay for Carnegie Mellon University grads — they earn 6 percent more than their fellow graduates. Close to one-fourth of CMU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Other top skills include Java, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

The larger part of alums can rely on paid vacation days, but just one in three grads have the luxury of paid sick time. Nearly all survey participants receive health insurance, and most grads get dental coverage. Almost all former students set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits awarded to Carnegie Mellon University alumni include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Compensation averages about $96K for Princeton University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to CMU grads. Case Western Reserve University, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University are also similar to CMU.

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