Harvard Business School Alumni Average Salary

Harvard Business School grads can expect to earn between $104K on the low end and around $240K at the high end. The data for this synopsis comes from former Harvard Business School students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Harvard Business School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
4 salaries
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
3 salaries
Vice President (VP), Marketing
3 salaries
Product Manager, Software
2 salaries
President and CEO
2 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
2 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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The most popular career sector among alumni is the education industry.


Among Harvard Business School graduates, the biggest earners are Presidents, who haul in $240K on average. Next on the list are Chief Executive Officers and VPs of Product Management, bringing in $223K and approximately $195K, respectively. Sliding in near the bottom are Senior Financial Analysts, who report earnings of about $104K.


A large number of students head to San Francisco, Calif. after college. In addition, former Harvard Business School students often head to Princeton, N.J. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $300K in this top-paying city. Home to the lowest median salary for Harvard Business School alumni is Boston, Mass., a popular place for former students despite its $104K average paycheck. Other popular cities include Washington, DC and New York, N.Y.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management earns Harvard Business School students the most money after college (an average $131K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Doctorate (PhD) are the lowest of the pack, earning $75K.


Knowledge of Strategic Planning seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 39 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $200K). Proficiency in Leadership is common among Harvard Business School alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, one in five former students report doing so. Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Operations Management, and Financial Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. Health coverage is awarded to a large number of survey participants, and dental insurance is issued to more than half of alums as well. To plan for old age, a large number of grads maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Harvard Business School grads also enjoy benefits like a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and stock options.

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Key Stats for Harvard Business School


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67 %
$75,503 - $187,359
$70,500 - $196,095
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