Grinnell College Alumni Average Salary

Grinnell College is a university based in Grinnell, Iowa that is home to around 2,000 undergraduates. Undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences is popular here. This report is based on the answers of Grinnell graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
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Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
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Account Manager
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Communications Manager
3 salaries
High School Teacher
3 salaries
Software Engineer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 116
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About This School

1121 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112-1690


Private School, Liberal Arts

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Former Grinnell students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the financial services industry, the consulting industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The most popular career sector among alumni is the education industry. On the other end of the spectrum is the museum industry, which attracts approximately one in twenty Grinnell alumni. Median pay for those who graduated from Grinnell amounts to $54K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $45K on average compared to approximately $68K for male graduates.


Former Grinnell students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $135K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Senior Marketing Managers ($110K) and Non-Profit Program Managers ($42K). Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at about $33K.


The most popular destination for former Grinnell students is New York, N.Y. The top-paying city popular with Grinnell alumni is Austin, Texas, which offers a median salary of around $133K. On the other end, Grinnell grads flock to Portland, Ore., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $32K. The Midwest is also home to many Grinnell alumni, many of whom are concentrated in Chicago and Cedar Rapids.

Degree Major

A B.A. in Chemistry will compensate Grinnell grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $110K on average per year. A B.A. in Sociology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $44K.


Project Management is a popular skill among Grinnell alumni, with nearly one-sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. For Grinnell College grads, proficiency in People Management warrants a paycheck that is 34 percent more than other alumni salaries. Also considered top-notch skills are Program Management, People Management, and Project Coordinating.

Benefits and Perks

To plan for old age, most former students maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to most alums, and a fair number of respondents also receive dental coverage. Other benefits awarded to Grinnell College alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, gym / health club / fitness membership, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Compensation averages about $53K for Cornell College alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Grinnell grads. Coe College, Augustana College, and Monmouth College are also similar to Grinnell.

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$27,617 - $80,500
$35,734 - $90,545
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