Average Salary for Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY Alumni

Clarkson University is a university based in Potsdam, N.Y. that is home to around 3,000 undergraduates. The survey pool is heavily weighted toward men, with a male-to-female ratio of 4-to-1. After graduation, women earn less than men do, a finding consistent with alumni reports. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY Alumni

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Mechanical Engineer
11 salaries
Civil Engineer
10 salaries
Project Engineer
9 salaries
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
4 salaries
Operations Manager
4 salaries
Process Engineer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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About This School

8 Clarkson Ave
Potsdam, NY 13699

Clarkson University



Private School, Research University, Engineering

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Professionally, the consulting industry, energy, and the aerospace and defense industry are popular business areas among Clarkson alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the civil engineering services industry. In line with impressive SAT scores, Clarkson grads also report top-earning positions in the workforce. Those with an education from Clarkson earn an average of $81K.


Graduates from this school who take the survey are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is 3 to 1.


The Clarkson alumni who make the most are Electrical Engineers; they report a median pay of about $85K. Construction Project Managers and Operations Project Managers draw in a fair amount as well — $79K and $70K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Civil Engineers — they bring in $56K.


Albany, N.Y. is a hot spot for Clarkson alum. The top-paying city popular with Clarkson alumni is Boston, Mass., which offers a median salary of around $118K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Clarkson alumni is Syracuse, N.Y., where earnings average approximately $51K. Other common destinations for Clarkson grads include close-by Rochester, N.Y. and Burlington, Vt.

Degree Major

Clarkson students with a Doctorate (PhD), Chemical Engineering can expect to make the most money ($130K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) (about $40K on average annually).


Proficiency in Project Management is common among Clarkson alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, slightly less than a third of former students report doing so. Budget Management commands a pay premium of 18 percent for Clarkson University grads. Experience with Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Nearly all alums report contributing to a 401(k). Health benefits extend to the vast majority of former students, and a large number of grads also receive dental coverage. Graduates of Clarkson University are also recipients of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Illinois Institute of Technology grads (who make an average of approximately $77K) earn salaries most similar to Clarkson alumni. Other schools similar to Clarkson include Clark University, the Stevens Institute of Technology, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

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SAT Scores 1585 1885
ACT Scores 24 28

Key Stats for Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY


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