Average Salary for Grinnell College Alumni

Grinnell College is a university based in Grinnell, Iowa that is home to around 2,000 undergraduates. Known for its liberal arts and sciences education, undergraduates often take classes in this field. This report is based on the responses of Grinnell graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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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.
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Software Development Director
2 salaries
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
2 salaries
Senior Marketing Manager
2 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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 publishing industry, the financial services industry, and the medical research industry. The most popular field is the education industry. On the other end of the spectrum is the textbook publisher industry, which attracts less than five percent of Grinnell alumni. Starting salaries of $60K are the median among Grinnell grads.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $53K per year compared to men, who earn $76K.


The biggest paychecks among Grinnell alumni are earned by Senior Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of around $135K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Software Development Directors (about $120K) and Senior Marketing Managers (approximately $110K). Sliding in near the bottom are Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, who report earnings of $33K.


A large number of students head to New York, N.Y. after college. Grinnell alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Austin, Texas, which offers a median salary of approximately $133K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Grinnell grads is Chicago, Ill. (median compensation is $41K). Minneapolis, Minn. and Boston, Mass. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

Grinnell grads who hold a B.A. in Computer Science (CS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $110K per year. Graduates holding a B.A. in Biology fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of about $43K.


Grinnell College grads who have experience with People Management can expect to make 47 percent more than other alumni ($88K on average). Just under one in three grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Other top skills include People Management, Microsoft Excel, and Program Management.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for nearly half of the respondents, but only one in three grads are rewarded with paid sick leave. To plan for old age, a large number of grads maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health coverage is awarded to most graduates, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of alums as well. Grinnell College alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Wheaton College grads bring in salaries of around around $59K, making them the most similar to Grinnell alumni in terms of earnings. Coe College, Cornell College, and Augustana College are also similar to Grinnell.

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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


55 %
45 %
$27,617 - $78,887
$37,277 - $111,910
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 10 votes.
$34,392 - $123,347
$35,000 - $67,000
$41,950 - $85,500

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