Average Salary for Columbia University Alumni

Around 8,000 people attend Columbia University in the City of New York, a institution based in New York, N.Y. Ivy League prominence and a strong sports tradition (Go Lions!) set this school apart from the pack, and students enjoy a rich education. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Overall College ROI Rank

54
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

29
out of 402
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for Ivy League

8
out of 8

Typical Early Career Salary

$59,200
Columbia University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Software Engineer
17 salaries
$96,153  
   
Design Architect
16 salaries
$64,000  
Executive Director
14 salaries
$129,500  
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
14 salaries
$46,725  
Research Analyst
12 salaries
$77,184  
Operations Manager
12 salaries
$75,900  
Social Worker
11 salaries
$45,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,108

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About This School

West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027

7,970

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

93 %

29 %

53 %

15 %


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Industry

Former Columbia students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the financial services industry, the health care industry, and the consulting industry. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. In line with impressive SAT scores, Columbia grads also report top-earning positions in the workforce. Median pay for those who graduated from Columbia amounts to $78K.

Gender

It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of approximately $67K whereas the men's median is about $91K.

Jobs

In the Columbia alumni professional community, Executive Directors make the highest median pay (around $117K), though Software Engineers ($96K), and Research Analysts ($77K) are close competitors. Social Workers pick up $45K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.

Locations

It is typical for many Columbia grads (more than two-fifths of former students) to remain in New York, N.Y., which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is approximately $73K). On the flipside, Columbia grads seeking above-average pay can find soaring salaries in Boston, Mass. where median pay is around $90K. Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate Columbia grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $185K on average per year. A Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $44K.

Skills

Former Lions with Financial Analysis experience garner salaries that are 27 percent more than other grads' salaries. Proficiency in Project Management is common among Columbia alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, about a sixth of former students report doing so. Experience with Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. A large number of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of graduates receive dental plans, too. A large number of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Columbia University in the City of New York grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $77K for University of Pennsylvania alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Columbia grads. Yeshiva University, New York University, and Princeton University are also similar to Columbia.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2080 2350
ACT Scores 31 34

Key Stats for Columbia University

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %
Salary
$40,657 - $96,168
Salary
$48,439 - $125,349
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 223 votes.
$48,325 - $104,614
$98,575 - $142,431
$59,200 - $151,350
$79,500 - $139,821
$57,750 - $177,526
$43,908 - $106,166
$47,756 - $136,628
$35,745 - $149,484
$47,847 - $108,090
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