Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY Alumni Average Salary

Clarkson University, a school in Potsdam, N.Y., has roughly 3,000 undergrads. A considerably greater proportion of men make up the survey population with a male-to-female ratio of 5-to-1. Based on student and alumni reporting, men also tend to make more than their male counterparts after graduating. The data for this snapshot was collected from Clarkson graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Mechanical Engineer
43 salaries
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Project Engineer
17 salaries
Design Engineer
16 salaries
Civil Engineer
13 salaries
Electrical Engineer
13 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
13 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 710
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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 work in a variety of sectors including the civil engineering services industry, the engineering services industry, and the aerospace and defense industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the manufacturing industry. Students of Clarkson go on to make comfortable salaries after graduation, a trend consistent with the above-average SAT scores reported by this group. Former Clarkson graduates bring in approximately $76K on average.


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


Among Clarkson graduates, the biggest earners are Sales Engineers, who haul in $95K on average. Next on the list are Construction Project Managers and Software Engineers, bringing in $84K and about $75K, respectively. On the lower end, Civil Engineers report making $57K.


The most popular destination for former Clarkson students is Syracuse, N.Y. Clarkson alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Boston, Mass., which offers a median salary of around $109K. On the other hand, Clarkson alumni who end up in Buffalo, N.Y. receive the lowest median salary of $64K. Other common destinations for Clarkson grads include close-by Albany, N.Y. and Rochester, N.Y.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD), Mechanical Engineering (ME) earns Clarkson students the most money after college (an average around $167K per year). A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Supply Chain Management is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $51K.


Project Management is a popular skill among Clarkson alumni, with nearly one-fourth of workers reporting using it on the job. Clarkson University grads with Contract Negotiation abilities can expect to make 8 percent more than their former classmates ($83K). Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. It is no small feat that nearly all respondents are given health coverage, and most former students accept dental insurance. Nearly all grads set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Graduates of Clarkson University are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Illinois Institute of Technology grads bring in salaries of around $78K, 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.

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