Columbia alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include software as a service (SAAS) development, the financial services industry, and the management consulting industry. The majority of Columbia alumni wind up in the education industry. Columbia alumni rake in larger-than-average salaries; they also score high on the SATs and boast an impressive rate of graduation. Former Columbia graduates bring in $83K on average.
There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $99K, but the median for the latter is only about $68K.
The biggest paychecks among Columbia alumni are earned by Senior Management Consultants — these former students make a median salary of around $95K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Software Engineers ($93K) and Senior Business Analysts ($68K). Research Associates face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at approximately $40K.
Columbia alumni like New York so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with around half of grads staying on to find permanent employment. Columbia grads also flock to Washington, DC, which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $90K). Los Angeles, Calif. is a popular spot for former Columbia students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $55K. Seattle, Wash. and San Francisco, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities.
A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business & Marketing earns Columbia students the most money after college (an average around $220K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a master's in social work are the lowest of the pack, earning $53K.
Many Columbia grads have knowledge of Project Management, with close to one-sixth of alumni using this program on the clock. Former Lions with Strategic Planning experience garner salaries that are 32 percent more than other grads' salaries. In addition, those who are savvy in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Strategic Planning are also considered highly skilled.
Benefits and Perks
Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in three grads, respectively). A large number of survey participants save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of survey participants, and most alums report health coverage. Columbia University in the City of New York alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.
Median pay for Yeshiva University grads is $85K, making their salaries most similar to those of Columbia grads. New York University, Princeton University, and Yale University are also similar to Columbia.