Average Salary for Furman University Alumni

Furman University is a university based in Greenville, S.C. that is home to around 3,000 undergraduates. The liberal arts and sciences play a large role at the school, and many students enjoy this type of curriculum. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Furman University Alumni

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Research Analyst
3 salaries
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst
2 salaries
2 salaries
Human Resources (HR) Director
2 salaries
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About This School

3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613-6162



Private School, Liberal Arts, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Furman work in a variety of sectors including the publishing industry, the consulting industry, and the public relations, marketing, and special events industry. The most popular field is the marketing, advertising, and media management industry. Furman students do not advance into high-paying positions after graduation despite their impressive SAT results. Furman graduates see an average starting salary of $50K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $49K on average compared to around $75K for male graduates.


The biggest paychecks among Furman alumni are earned by Research Analysts — these former students make a median salary of about $90K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Human Resources Directors ($69K) and Geographic Information Systems Analysts (approximately $52K). Salaries are anything but generous for Accountants, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $38K.


Upon earning their degrees, many Furman grads prefer to remain in Greenville; in fact, roughly a fifth of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. It is no surprise that Atlanta, Ga., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is around $118K), is another of the most popular spots for former Furman students. On the far end of the pay scale, Furman alumni often reside in Washington, DC, which is home to the lowest pay at $48K. Charlotte, N.C. is also a top pick, as is Los Angeles, Calif.

Degree Major

Furman grads who hold a B.A. in History can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $106K per year. Those holding a B.A. in Communication are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $35K on average per year.


Many Furman grads have knowledge of Project Management, with one-fourth of alumni using this program on the clock. Competency in Operations Management translates into above-average pay for former Paladins — they earn 59 percent more than their fellow graduates. Competency in Marketing Communications, Accounts Payable, and Data Analysis also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; just under half of the survey participants report receiving the former, but only one-third of alumni report receiving the latter. A large number of alumni save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Most survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of alums receive dental plans, too. Furman University grads are also lucky enough to receive a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Oglethorpe University grads (who make an average of $50K) earn salaries most similar to Furman alumni. Other schools similar to Furman include Wofford College, Presbyterian College, and Erskine College and Seminary.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1120 1340
ACT Scores 25 30

Key Stats for Furman University


61 %
39 %
$33,655 - $102,392
$34,004 - $95,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

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