Average Salary for Grinnell College Alumni

Grinnell College, a school in Grinnell, Iowa, has roughly 2,000 undergrads. Known for its liberal arts and sciences education, undergraduates often take classes in this field. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Grinnell grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Grinnell College Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Software Development Director
2 salaries
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
2 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
2 salaries
Senior Marketing Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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About This School

1121 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112-1690



Private School, Liberal Arts

86 %

28 %

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Professionally, the publishing industry, the financial services industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development are popular business areas among Grinnell alumni. A large chunk of former Grinnell students are employed in the education industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Insurance is perhaps the least commonly worked industry among Grinnell grads, with less than five percent of former students experienced in this area. Following graduation, Grinnell students earn an average of $57K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $71K, but the median for the latter is only approximately $46K.


The Grinnell alumni who make the most are Senior Software Engineers; they report a median pay of $135K. Software Development Directors and Senior Marketing Managers draw in a fair amount as well — about $120K and $110K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at around $33K.


Many Grinnell grads flock to New York, N.Y. Grinnell grads also flock to Austin, Texas, which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $93K). Though Portland, Ore. takes the cake for lowest pay among Grinnell grads (the median salary is $32K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Additionally, Grinnell grads are often spotted setting up shop in the Midwest; in particular, Minneapolis and Chicago are popular cities for alumni to settle.

Degree Major

Grinnell students with a B.A. in Computer Science (CS) can expect to make the most money (around $110K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Sociology — their annual income amounts to $32K on average.


Knowledge of People Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 55 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $88K). Many Grinnell grads have knowledge of Project Management, with just under one in three alumni using this program on the clock. Competency in People Management, Customer Service, and Program Management also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Though nearly a half of former students get paid time off for vacation, only one in four survey participants receive paid sick leave. For this school, most alums are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of graduates pick up dental plans, too. Most alumni allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Graduates of Grinnell College are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Knox College grads report the most similar salaries to Grinnell alums, earning $57K on average. Coe College, Cornell College, and Augustana College are also similar to Grinnell.

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


56 %
44 %
$22,443 - $78,887
$35,734 - $108,090
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
$32,000 - $122,084
$65,837 - $86,476
$31,444 - $45,781
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