Grinnell College Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Grinnell, Iowa, Grinnell College, a school, has a student population of roughly 2,000. The school puts an emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Grinnell College Alumni

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Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Senior Marketing Manager
2 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
2 salaries
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About This School

1121 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112-1690


Private School, Liberal Arts

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Graduates of Grinnell work in a variety of sectors including the financial services industry, the publishing industry, and the analytical laboratory instrument manufacturing industry. Among Grinnell grads, the education industry is a commonly chosen career field. Very few Grinnell grads go into software as a service (SAAS) development; in fact, less than five percent of alumni enter this industry. The average salary for a grad from Grinnell is around $56K.


Male graduates of Grinnell out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $76K versus approximately $50K for women.


Grinnell grads who become Senior Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average about $135K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Marketing Managers and Project Managers; their salaries approach $110K and $62K, respectively. On the lower end, Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators report making $33K.


Chicago, Ill. is a hot spot for Grinnell alum. Grinnell grads also flock to Austin, Texas, which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is around $133K). On the other hand, Grinnell alumni who end up in Portland, Ore. receive the lowest median salary of $32K. New York, N.Y. is also a top pick, as is Minneapolis, Minn.

Degree Major

Grinnell grads who hold a Master of Science (MS), Biochemistry (BCH) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $110K per year. A B.A. in Biology commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $43K.


Grinnell alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with just under a third of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Grinnell College grads with People Management experience garner salaries that are 58 percent more than other grads' salaries. Other top skills include Customer Service, Program Management, and People Management.

Benefits and Perks

Nearly half of the alums are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one-fourth of alumni get paid sick leave. Nearly all alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health benefits extend to the vast majority of respondents, and a strong majority of alumni also receive dental coverage. Alumni of Grinnell College also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Illinois Wesleyan University grads (who make an average of approximately $58K) earn salaries most similar to Grinnell alumni. Other schools similar to Grinnell include Coe College, Cornell College, and Augustana College.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1250 1500
ACT Scores 28 32

Key Stats for Grinnell College


57 %
43 %
$28,989 - $77,224
$36,346 - $111,910
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

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