Average Salary for Harvard Medical School Alumni

Harvard Medical School grads can expect to earn between $78K and $450K. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Harvard Medical School Alumni

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The majority of Harvard Medical School alumni wind up in clinical care. Former Harvard Medical School students are not known for their interest in the medical education programs industry; less than ten percent of them advance into this area for work. The average starting salary for a graduate of Harvard Medical School is approximately $185K.


In the Harvard Medical School alumni community, men make a median salary of $254K compared to their female counterparts, who earn about $130K.


Among Harvard Medical School graduates, the biggest earners are Neurosurgeons, who haul in $450K on average. Next on the list are Orthopedic Surgeons and Oncologists, bringing in around $350K and approximately $250K, respectively. Medical Writers pick up about $78K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Boston is a hot spot for Harvard Medical School alum. Harvard Medical School grads also flock to Los Angeles, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is $325K). Harvard Medical School alumni in Cambridge can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at around $79K. Other common destinations include Nashville and Belmont.

Degree Major

Harvard Medical School students with a medical degree can expect to make the most money ($240K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those with a Doctorate (PhD), Cell & Developmental Biology face salaries on the lower end, coming in close to $79K per year.


Many Harvard Medical School grads have knowledge of Oncology, with approximately one in seven alumni using this program on the clock. Harvard Medical School grads with Brain Surgery abilities can expect to make 143 percent more than their former classmates ($450K). Other prime know-hows include Surgery, Anesthesia, and Brain Surgery.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only half of the alumni are paid for vacation and just one in three grads for sick time. The vast majority of grads save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. For this school, nearly all alumni are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair portion of survey participants pick up dental plans, too. Other benefits that Harvard Medical School alumni receive are malpractice / liability insurance, life insurance, gym / health club / fitness membership, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats for Harvard Medical School


48 %
52 %
$46,540 - $173,261
$84,353 - $550,000
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1-4 years
5-9 years
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20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

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