Average Salary for Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY Alumni

Clarkson University, a private research university based in Potsdam, N.Y., that is ranked in the top 6 percent of universities by ROI, gives students and parents great value for their tuition dollar. Private education at this university is geared towards the engineering student. This report is based on the responses of Clarkson graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Mechanical Engineer
15 salaries
Civil Engineer
13 salaries
Project Engineer
9 salaries
Electrical Engineer
9 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
5 salaries
Design Engineer
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 352
United States (change)

About This School

8 Clarkson Ave
Potsdam, NY 13699

Clarkson University



Private School, Research University, Engineering

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72 %

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Graduates of Clarkson head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the aerospace and defense industry, the manufacturing industry, and the medical device manufacturing industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the civil engineering services industry. Clarkson graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores. The average salary for a grad from Clarkson is $77K.


Men are more likely to graduate from this school than women, given the 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio.


Clarkson grads who become Engineering Project Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making about $121K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Operations Managers; their salaries approach $86K and $80K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Civil Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of around $54K.


Albany is a hot spot for Clarkson alum. Clarkson alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Boston, which offers median salaries of $103K. Home to the lowest median salary for Clarkson alumni is Syracuse, a popular place for former students despite its approximately $55K average paycheck. Nearby Rochester is also a top pick for Clarkson grads, as is New York.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of $130K per year, Clarkson University grads who have a Doctorate (PhD), Chemical Engineering are the best paid among the alumni population. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Science in Marketing (MKTG) fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of approximately $50K.


Project Management is a common skill among Clarkson alumni — just over a fifth of grads mention using it at work. Competency in Budget Management translates into above-average pay for Clarkson University grads — they earn 30 percent more than their fellow graduates. Other top skills include Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-third of alumni, respectively). A solid majority of survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Health benefits extend to a solid majority of grads, and the greater part of respondents also receive dental coverage. Clarkson University graduates also take advantage 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 $76K, making them the most similar to Clarkson alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to Clarkson include Clark University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY


21 %
79 %
$40,107 - $99,996
$49,038 - $102,168
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
$36,766 - $73,613
$40,411 - $88,637
$45,358 - $89,986
$57,205 - $126,704
$38,530 - $126,052

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