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Average Salary for Harvard Business School Alumni

Graduates of Harvard Business School on average end up making between approximately $90K at the bottom of the spectrum and $275K at the top. 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
Product Manager, Software
3 salaries
3 salaries
Business Development Director
3 salaries
Vice President (VP), Marketing & Business Development
2 salaries
Vice President (VP), Business Development
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94

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The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry.


Among Harvard Business School graduates, the biggest earners are Chief Executive Officers, who haul in around $275K on average. Next on the list are Presidents and Chief Operating Officers, bringing in $240K and $130K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Business Development Directors, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at about $90K.


San Francisco, Calif. is filled with Harvard Business School grads. Another city that attracts a wealth of Harvard Business School grads is Seattle, Wash.; given its high compensation ($180K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other end, Harvard Business School grads flock to Boston, Mass., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $116K. Graduates also relocate to New York, N.Y. and Washington, DC.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of about $172K per year, Harvard Business School grads who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), General & Strategic Management are the best paid among the alumni population. A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Management (MGT) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (around $77K).


Harvard Business School grads with Budget Management experience garner salaries that are 25 percent more than other grads' salaries. Harvard Business School grads are usually competent in Leadership, and slightly less than one-fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Operations Management, Project Management, and Strategic Planning are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Health coverage is awarded to most alumni, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of graduates as well. Most respondents participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Additional perks enjoyed by Harvard Business School grads include a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and stock options.

Key Stats for Harvard Business School


31 %
69 %
$57,500 - $187,359
$76,829 - $185,021
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 14 votes.
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