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Average Salary for Columbia University Alumni

Around 8,000 people attend Columbia University in the City of New York, a private research institution based in New York, N.Y. This Ivy institution goes beyond academic prestige. Nestled in the heart of a busy urban area, students can take advantage of diverse big-city offerings. The data for this synopsis comes from former Columbia students who took the PayScale salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

32
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

22
out of 476
 

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
National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Software Engineer
23 salaries
$94,265  
   
Design Architect
21 salaries
$62,168  
Executive Director
20 salaries
$87,183  
Research Analyst
17 salaries
$73,193  
Social Worker
15 salaries
$46,428  
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
15 salaries
$47,198  
Architectural Designer
13 salaries
$57,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Jan 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,460
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Columbia University Details

West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027

7,814

Private Schools, Research Universities, Ivy League, For Sports Fans

95 %

29 %

52 %

21 %

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Industry

The financial services industry, the consulting industry, and the health care industry are just a few of the areas in which Columbia grads find work. Among Columbia grads, the education industry is a commonly chosen career field. Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are Columbia grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores reported by this demographic. Following graduation, Columbia students earn an average of around $79K.

Gender

After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn $90K per year compared to females' $68K.

Jobs

The most generous salaries among Columbia alumni are reportedly earned by Software Engineers, whose earnings come to approximately $94K, followed by Executive Directors (about $86K) and Research Analysts ($73K). Social Workers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $46K.

Locations

Columbia alumni typically remain in New York, the city they've grown to love, after graduation, and more than two-fifths of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. Columbia grads also flock to Dallas, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is $93K). Los Angeles 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 $73K. Graduates also relocate to Washington, DC and San Francisco.

Employers

The highest paychecks can be found at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), where some Columbia grads go to work for pay averaging $169K. Bringing in the least amount of money are Accenture employees; they earn an average of $65K.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for Columbia grads (about $186K per year). Graduates holding a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of approximately $47K.

Skills

Former Lions with Financial Analysis abilities can expect to make 24 percent more than their former classmates (around $98K). Nearly one in six Columbia grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. In addition, those who are savvy in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in three grads get paid sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to a strong majority of alums, and most graduates sign up for dental plans. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a solid majority of respondents contribute to a 401(k). 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 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pick up average paychecks of about $80K, 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.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2100 2360
ACT Scores 32 35

Key Stats

Female
53 %
Male
47 %
Salary
$41,137 - $95,485
Salary
$49,188 - $125,429
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 350 votes.
$46,055 - $105,748
$74,000 - $135,000
$98,575 - $142,431
$57,750 - $177,526
$57,500 - $119,500
$45,011 - $107,481
$41,436 - $143,962
$48,120 - $121,010
$48,534 - $128,731

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