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Average Salary for Harvard Business School Alumni

Students who graduate from Harvard Business School earn between $90K to $297K. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

Harvard Business School 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. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
7 salaries
Product Manager, Software
4 salaries
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
4 salaries
4 salaries
Executive Director
3 salaries
Business Development Director
3 salaries
Vice President (VP), Business Development
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Those with a degree from Harvard Business School tend to make approximately $148K.


There is a sizable difference between women's post-college salaries and men's. The median for the former is $162K. By contrast, however, the median for the latter is only around $128K.


Among Harvard Business School alumni, those working as Chief Executive Officers report the highest median pay of about $297K, followed by Presidents ($220K), and Business Development VPs (approximately $175K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Business Development Directors; alumni in this role face average salaries of around $90K.


Many Harvard Business School grads end up living in New York, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. The top-paying city popular with Harvard Business School alumni is Seattle, which offers median salaries of $200K. On the other hand, Harvard Business School alumni who end up in Boston receive the lowest median salaries of $119K. Other common destinations include San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Degree Major

Harvard Business School grads who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration and earn about $180K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business & Marketing ($80K annually).


Knowledge of Budget Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 23 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($182K). Strategic Planning is a common skill among Harvard Business School alumni — slightly less than one-fifth of grads mention using it at work. Proficiency in Leadership, Operations Management, and Project Management command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A solid majority of survey participants have medical plans, and a fair portion of alums have dental insurance. A solid majority of respondents participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Harvard Business School alumni are also on the receiving end of a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and stock options.

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Key Stats

29 %
71 %
$50,684 - $190,000
$77,634 - $185,790
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
$88,084 - $173,670
$63,023 - $174,086
$30,639 - $133,129
$157,222 - $228,907

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