Average Salary for Grinnell College Alumni

Grinnell College, a school in Grinnell, Iowa, has roughly 2,000 undergrads. The liberal arts and sciences play a large role at the school, and many students enjoy this type of curriculum. The data in this summary come from Grinnell alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Grinnell College Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
3 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
2 salaries
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
2 salaries
Senior Marketing Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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About This School

1121 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112-1690



Private School, Liberal Arts

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Grinnell alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the publishing industry, the financial services industry, and the medical research industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the education industry. Very few Grinnell grads go into the textbook publisher industry; in fact, less than five percent of alumni enter this industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Grinnell is approximately $59K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $53K per year compared to men, who earn about $80K.


The most lucrative professionals among Grinnell alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $135K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $120K and around $110K, respectively, are Software Development Directors and Senior Marketing Managers. Salaries are anything but generous for Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $33K.


Many Grinnell students are New York, N.Y.-bound following college. Another city that attracts a wealth of Grinnell grads is Austin, Texas; given its high compensation ($133K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Chicago, Ill. is a popular spot for former Grinnell students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $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. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Biology are the lowest of the pack, earning $43K.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among Grinnell alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, slightly less than a third of former students report doing so. Competency in People Management translates into above-average pay for Grinnell College grads — they earn 49 percent more than their fellow graduates. Other top skills include People Management, Microsoft Word, and Customer Service.

Benefits and Perks

Roughly half of the alumni do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. To plan for old age, most survey participants maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of alumni are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of alums report dental coverage, too. Alumni of Grinnell College also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Luther College grads bring in salaries of around around $59K, making them the most similar to Grinnell alumni in terms of earnings. 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


56 %
44 %
$27,617 - $78,887
$36,999 - $114,650
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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