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Average Salary for Harvard Medical School Alumni

Harvard Medical School grads can expect to earn between around $78K and approximately $475K. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by Harvard Medical School graduates who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Harvard Medical School Alumni
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Neurosurgeon
4 salaries
$475,000  
   
Anesthesiologist
2 salaries
$80,000  
Associate Clinical Research Director
2 salaries
$122,500  
Physician / Doctor, Oncologist
2 salaries
$250,000  
Medical Writer
2 salaries
$77,623  
Orthopedic Surgeon
2 salaries
$350,000  
Pediatrician, General
2 salaries
$175,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Industry

Clinical care is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Harvard Medical School graduates in the medical education programs industry industry are hard pressed to find, with close to five percent of former students taking up work in this field. Following graduation, Harvard Medical School students earn an average of $199K.

Gender

After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $140K where the average male graduate hauls home $300K.

Jobs

In the Harvard Medical School alumni professional community, Neurosurgeons make the highest median pay (about $475K), though Orthopedic Surgeons ($350K), and Oncologists ($250K) are close competitors. Salaries are anything but generous for Medical Writers, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at approximately $78K.

Locations

Boston is filled with Harvard Medical School grads. It is no surprise that Los Angeles, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $325K), is another of the most popular spots for former Harvard Medical School students. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Harvard Medical School alumni is Cambridge, where earnings average about $79K. Other common destinations include Chicago and Belmont.

Degree Major

Harvard Medical School students with a medical degree can expect to make the most money ($475K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. A Doctorate (PhD), Cell & Developmental Biology is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of around $79K.

Skills

Harvard Medical School grads with Brain Surgery experience garner salaries that are 126 percent more than other grads' salaries. Around one in eight Harvard Medical School grads wind up using Oncology at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Also considered top-notch skills are Medicine / Surgery, Surgery, and Brain Surgery.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just two-fifths of alumni get sick time. Health coverage is awarded to almost all alumni, and dental insurance is issued to most former students as well. Nearly all alums participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Harvard Medical School alumni are also on the receiving end of malpractice / liability insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, flexible hours, and free drinks.

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Key Stats

Gender

Female

46 %

female alumni

Male

54 %

male alumni
Salary
$46,978 - $194,421
Salary
$85,810 - $524,023

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Job Satisfaction


Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

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