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Average Salary for Grinnell College Alumni

Located in Grinnell, Iowa, roughly 2,000 students call Grinnell College home for four years. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by Grinnell graduates who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

out of 476

Mid-Career Salary Rank for Liberal Arts

out of 119

Typical Early Career Salary

Grinnell College 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. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
4 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
3 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Technical Account Manager
2 salaries
Software Development Director
2 salaries
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
2 salaries
Senior Marketing Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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Grinnell College Details

1121 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112-1690


Private Schools, Liberal Arts

90 %

28 %

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Professionally, the publishing industry, the biotechnology research and development industry, and the financial services industry are popular business areas among Grinnell alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Very few Grinnell grads go into the analytical laboratory instrument manufacturing industry; in fact, less than five percent of the alumni pool enter this industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Grinnell is $55K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $44K where the average male graduate hauls home about $69K.


Among Grinnell alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of around $133K, followed by Software Development Directors ($120K), and Project Managers (approximately $62K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Grant Writers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $31K.


Minneapolis is filled with Grinnell grads. In addition, former Grinnell students often head to Austin after graduating, where typical salaries come to around $118K in this top-paying city. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Grinnell grads is Portland (median compensation is $32K). Chicago is also a top pick, as is New York.

Degree Major

Grinnell students with a B.A. in Computer Science (CS) can expect to make the most money ($114K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Sociology ($32K annually).


Knowing People Management can pay off big time for Grinnell College grads, who can expect a 61 percent bigger paycheck than other grads. Approximately one in four grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. In addition, those who are savvy in People Management, Customer Service, and Data Analysis are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. The greater part of grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that the greater part of alumni are given health coverage, and most survey participants accept dental insurance. Additional perks enjoyed by Grinnell College grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for Coe College grads is $55K, making their salaries most similar to those of Grinnell grads. Cornell College, Augustana College, and Monmouth College are also similar to Grinnell.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1280 1500
ACT Scores 29 33

Key Stats

53 %
47 %
$25,532 - $76,458
$35,544 - $111,674
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
$35,000 - $48,500
$32,000 - $122,084
$59,000 - $85,000
$42,000 - $78,455
$42,500 - $135,000

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