Harvard Business School Alumni Average Salary

Graduates of Harvard Business School on average end up making between $92K at the bottom of the spectrum and about $223K at the top. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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A large chunk of former Harvard Business School students are employed in the insurance and financial services industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population.


It's worth noting that male graduates earn a median salary of $117K whereas the women's median is approximately $170K.


Chief Executive Officers win the contest for best-paid Harvard Business School alumni, making $223K on average every year, though VPs of Product Management (around $195K), and Marketing VPs ($160K) are not far behind. President and CEOs wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning around $92K.


The most popular destination for former Harvard Business School students is San Francisco, Calif. New York, N.Y. is also a common destination for Harvard Business School grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of about $215K. Though Boston, Mass. takes the cake for lowest pay among Harvard Business School grads (the median salary is approximately $88K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Alumni express interest in Washington, DC and Miami, Fla. as well.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Management from Harvard Business School can rake in a whopping average $154K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Graduates holding a Bachelor's Degree fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $85K.


Project Management is a popular skill among Harvard Business School alumni, with one in four workers reporting using it on the job. Harvard Business School grads with Product Development abilities can expect to make 41 percent more than their former classmates ($210K). Experience with Leadership, Operations Management, and Strategic Marketing is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in four survey participants, respectively). A large number of alums opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health coverage is awarded to most alums, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of alums as well. Harvard Business School alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and stock options.

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