Columbia University Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in New York, N.Y., Columbia University in the City of New York, a school, has a student population of roughly 8,000. This school offers the advantages of both an Ivy league education and the cultural opportunities and big city experiences of an urban area. The data for this synopsis comes from former Columbia students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
68 salaries
Executive Director
33 salaries
Data Analyst
30 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
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Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
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Social Worker
22 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,869
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About This School

West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027


Private School, Research University, Ivy League, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Columbia work in a variety of sectors including the education industry, the consulting industry, and the health care industry. The most popular field is the financial services industry. Columbia graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores. Graduates of Columbia earn approximately $81K on average.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $68K on average compared to $91K for male graduates.


Among Columbia alumni, those working as Executive Directors report the highest median pay of $172K, followed by Software Engineers ($99K), and Management Consultants (about $88K). High School Teachers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $54K in this job.


Columbia alumni like New York so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with just over two-fifths of grads staying on to find permanent employment. Dallas, Texas is another hot spot for Columbia grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $105K). Though Los Angeles, Calif. takes the cake for lowest pay among Columbia grads (the median salary is $56K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Other popular cities include Washington, DC and Seattle, Wash.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $190K per year, former Lions who have a medical degree are the best paid among the alumni population. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average approximately $40K per year.


Competency in Financial Analysis translates into above-average pay for former Lions — they earn 28 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among Columbia alumni, with around one in six grads reporting using it on the job. Proficiency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most respondents are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of graduates report dental coverage, too. A large number of survey participants set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Other benefits awarded to Columbia University in the City of New York alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Johns Hopkins University grads (who make an average of around $79K) earn salaries most similar to Columbia alumni. Other schools similar to Columbia include Yeshiva University, New York University, and Princeton University.

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