Average Salary for Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY Alumni

Around 3,000 people attend Clarkson University, a institution based in Potsdam, N.Y. 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 figures in this overview come from the responses of Clarkson grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
Civil Engineer
11 salaries
Project Engineer
9 salaries
Electrical Engineer
7 salaries
Project Manager, Operations
5 salaries
Process Engineer
4 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289

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About This School

8 Clarkson Ave
Potsdam, NY 13699

Clarkson University



Private School, Research University, Engineering

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Graduates of Clarkson are found working in a number of different fields including the aerospace and defense industry, energy, and the consulting industry. The civil engineering services industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. In line with impressive SAT scores, Clarkson grads also report top-earning positions in the workforce. Clarkson graduates see an average starting salary of $79K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average around $80K per year compared to females' about $67K. The number of male graduates who responded to the survey outweighs the number of women with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.


The most generous salaries among Clarkson alumni are reportedly earned by Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to $90K, followed by Electrical Engineers ($76K) and Process Engineers ($72K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Civil Engineers who make an average of approximately $52K.


Syracuse, N.Y. is a hot spot for Clarkson alum. It is also not uncommon to find former Clarkson students living and working in Boston, Mass. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $115K. Clarkson alumni in Watertown, N.Y. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $60K. Close-by Albany, N.Y. and Rochester, N.Y. are also desirable cities among Clarkson alumni.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Accounting earns Clarkson students the most money after college (an average $159K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) are the lowest of the pack, earning $40K.


Clarkson University grads with Budget Management abilities can expect to make 32 percent more than their former classmates (approximately $105K). Proficiency in Project Management is common among Clarkson alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, approximately one-fourth of former students report doing so. Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.

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 in three grads for sick time. To plan for old age, most alumni maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. A large number of respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while most survey participants receive dental plans, too. Graduates of Clarkson University are also recipients of life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Illinois Institute of Technology grads bring in salaries of around about $77K, making them the most similar to Clarkson alumni in terms of earnings. Clark University, the Stevens Institute of Technology, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University are also similar to Clarkson.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1585 1885
ACT Scores 24 28

Key Stats for Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY


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Job Satisfaction

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