Average Salary for Columbia University Alumni

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. This report is based on the responses of Columbia graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Columbia University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Software Engineer
17 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
14 salaries
Design Architect
14 salaries
Executive Director
13 salaries
Operations Manager
11 salaries
Research Analyst
10 salaries
Management Consultant
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,010
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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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Columbia alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the financial services industry, the health care industry, and the consulting industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Columbia graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores and graduation rate. Median pay for those who graduated from Columbia amounts to $79K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $67K per year compared to men, who earn approximately $92K.


The Columbia alumni who make the most are Executive Directors; they report a median pay of $130K. Software Engineers and Management Consultants draw in a fair amount as well — $96K and about $82K, respectively. Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning around $47K.


It is typical for many Columbia grads (just over 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). Alternatively, Seattle, Wash. is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is $95K — which is an (obvious) draw for many Columbia grads. San Francisco, Calif. is also a common pick among Columbia grads, along with Boston, Mass.

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. Average annual salaries for those with a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) are the lowest of the pack, earning $42K.


For former Lions, proficiency in Financial Analysis warrants a paycheck that is 25 percent more than other alumni salaries. Many former Columbia students are familiar with Project Management, and approximately one in six grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one-third of alumni and one-third of alumni, respectively). A large number of grads enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of survey participants receive dental plans, too. Most alums plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Columbia University in the City of New York alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages around $76K for Brown University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Columbia grads. Other schools similar to Columbia include Yeshiva University, New York University, and Princeton University.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Columbia University


53 %
47 %
$41,076 - $95,364
$49,055 - $124,461
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5-9 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 181 votes.
$47,500 - $105,748
$98,575 - $142,431
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$76,000 - $145,000
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