Average Salary for Harvard Business School Alumni

Graduates of Harvard Business School typically end up making between $78K and around $293K. This summary is derived from information given by Harvard Business School grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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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)
6 salaries
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
4 salaries
3 salaries
Business Development Director
3 salaries
Product Manager, Software
3 salaries
Vice President (VP), Business Development
2 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
United States (change)


The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Those with an education from Harvard Business School earn an average of about $148K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — females tend to earn $162K per year compared to males' $128K.


Harvard Business School grads who become Chief Executive Officers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in approximately $293K annually. However, Presidents and General Manager VPs also rank as top-earners (bringing in $220K and about $135K, respectively). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Executive Directors; alumni in this role face average salaries of $78K.


San Francisco is a hub for Harvard Business School graduates — a large number call this city home. Harvard Business School alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Seattle, which offers median salaries of $200K. Though New York takes the cake for lowest pay among Harvard Business School grads (the median salary is $115K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Boston and Washington, DC are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Harvard Business School alumni are those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration — they earn close to around $180K per year. Graduates holding a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Management (MGT) fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of $77K.


Harvard Business School grads who have experience with Budget Management can expect to make 23 percent more than other alumni (approximately $182K on average). Harvard Business School grads are usually competent in Leadership, and one-sixth alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Demonstrated ability in Strategic Planning, Operations Management, and Project Management rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one-third of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fourth of alumni get sick time. Health coverage is awarded to the greater part of survey participants, and dental insurance is issued to a fair portion of alums as well. A solid majority of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits that Harvard Business School alumni receive are a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and stock options.

Key Stats for Harvard Business School


30 %
70 %
$50,684 - $190,000
$76,630 - $187,713
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
$88,084 - $173,670
$62,400 - $175,841
$30,201 - $130,130
$157,222 - $228,907

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