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. At this Ivy League institution, students enjoy an enriching college experience complete with a strong sports tradition. This summary is derived from information given by Columbia grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Columbia University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
14 salaries
Executive Director
12 salaries
Design Architect
12 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
12 salaries
Management Consultant
10 salaries
Operations Manager
10 salaries
Software Developer
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 908
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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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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 majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. In line with impressive SAT scores and graduation rates, Columbia grads also report top-earning positions in the workforce. Former Columbia graduates bring in $79K on average.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $92K per year, but the second group takes home only $67K.


Former Columbia students with an interest in making money consider becoming Executive Directors, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to around $119K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Software Engineers (about $96K) and Management Consultants ($82K). Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of approximately $47K in this job.


For reasons other than money, Columbia grads are most commonly found still living in New York, N.Y., where median pay sits at the bottom of the pay scale ($74K). For those seeking more money, Seattle, Wash. is a popular destination for former Columbia students; median pay is around $95K. Other common destinations include San Francisco, Calif. and Los Angeles, Calif.

Degree Major

Columbia students with a medical degree can expect to make the most money ($185K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those with a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $42K per year.


Knowledge of Financial Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 25 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($99K). Project Management is a popular skill among Columbia alumni, with about a sixth of grads reporting using it on the job. Other prime know-hows include Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one in three grads for sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of graduates are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of former students report dental coverage, too. Most alums set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Other benefits awarded to Columbia University in the City of New York alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Cornell University grads is approximately $79K, making their salaries most similar to those of Columbia grads. 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

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