Average Salary for Emory University Alumni

Attending Emory University, an United Methodist university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Atlanta, Ga., and it is ranked in the top 17 percent of universities by return on investment. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Emory University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
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Physical Therapist (PT)
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Physician Assistant (PA)
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Financial Analyst
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Nurse Practitioner (NP)
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Executive Assistant
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Attorney / Lawyer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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About This School

408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322



Private School, Research University, Religious

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Professionally, the education industry, the health care services industry, and clinical care are popular business areas among Emory alumni. The health care industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Former Emory students do not typically enter the clinical research industry; in fact, less than five percent of graduates find work in this area, making it the least likely field for this group to enter. The average starting salary for a graduate of Emory is $68K.


Among Emory alumni, those working as Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners report the highest median pay of $90K, followed by Physical Therapists at around $67K. On the lower end, Executive Assistants report making about $48K.


Many Emory alumni seem to stick around Atlanta after wrapping up their studies; nearly one-third of grads remain to find permanent work. The top-paying city popular with Emory alumni is Dallas, Texas, which offers a median salary of $96K. On the other hand, Emory alumni who end up in Washington, DC receive the lowest median salary of approximately $54K. New York, N.Y. is also a top pick, as is Chicago, Ill.

Degree Major

A law degree leads to the highest pay for Emory grads ($130K on average per year). Those with a Master of Education (MEd), Higher Education Administration face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average around $45K per year.


Competency in Operations Management translates into above-average pay for Emory University grads — they earn 27 percent more than their fellow graduates. Many Emory grads have knowledge of Data Analysis, with nearly one in ten alumni using this program on the clock. Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads earn paid vacation and just one in five survey participants get paid sick time. Dental insurance applies to more than half of graduates, and most alumni report health coverage. Most respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Emory University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and 403(b).

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Tulane University of Louisiana grads (who make an average of $64K) earn salaries most similar to Emory alumni. Vanderbilt University, Duke University, and Washington University in St Louis are also similar to Emory.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1910 2190
ACT Scores 29 32

Key Stats for Emory University


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Job Satisfaction

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