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. Undergraduates face a challenging academic environment at this Ivy institution. In addition, Lions pride runs deep at the school, and fans will feel like a part of the action. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
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Operations Manager
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Management Consultant
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Executive Director
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Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
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Social Worker
6 salaries
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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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The education industry, the health care industry, and the consulting industry are just a few of the areas in which Columbia grads find work. The most popular career sector among alumni is the financial services industry. Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are Columbia grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores reported by this demographic. Former Columbia graduates bring in $80K on average.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $92K, but the median for the latter is only $68K.


Among Columbia graduates, the biggest earners are Executive Directors, who haul in approximately $119K on average. Next on the list are Software Engineers and Management Consultants, bringing in about $96K and around $82K, respectively. Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $46K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many Columbia alumni (more than two-fifths of) end up finding permanent jobs in New York. Columbia alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of approximately $95K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Columbia grads is Los Angeles, Calif. (median compensation is $73K). Other common destinations include Washington, DC and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

Columbia students with a medical degree can expect to make the most money (around $185K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) (about $42K on average annually).


Around a sixth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Financial Analysis commands a pay premium of 24 percent for former Lions. Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Just one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and merely one in three grads get paid sick time. Most graduates plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. A large number of grads enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a strong majority of graduates receive dental plans, too. Columbia University in the City of New York graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Cornell University pick up average paychecks of $79K, which is closest to the amount made by Columbia grads among similar schools. Yeshiva University, New York University, and Princeton University are also similar to Columbia.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Columbia University


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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 votes.
$98,575 - $142,431
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